I write to a schedule now. It kind of works. Kills the whole image of a tortured writer who runs on no sleep and too much coffee, but hey I love sleep and I have swapped coffee for hot chocolate this winter anyway (I'm short enough). Writing time happens every day at least between 11 am and 1 pm before I break for lunch. Sometimes I feel like I am on such a roll that I even come back after eating something and bust out another section. I have never felt so good about myself, although I am fairly sure I said that about working out and that lasted all of a week. Anyway, I thought I would share some of the silly things that I have done so far that inspire me.
1) Watching One Tree Hill on Dvd. There's a character in that who's a published author in the most recent series I own on Dvd and he's got an editor and an advance to write a second book, which makes me jealous. Powerful motivator is jealousy. And yes, I know I am a sap for watching teen drama. But I love it so lay off.
2) Watching video clips on youtube for a laugh. Today I asked a friend of mine if he would brainstorm with me about being on a boat back from singapore in 1943 and he quoted me some of "I'm on a Boat" by the lonely island. Instead of writing, I watched that video for a while and it made me laugh, which took the edge off. I was in a less stressful place. Plus I laughed so hard that i sent him a typo riddled instant message that said Oat instead of Boat, and we ended up making up a pitch for advertising explicit brandnames of porridge.
3) Playing with my dog. That one's simple. Exercise gives you endorphins.
4) Watching the news. Weird stuff happens out there in the great big world. Makes you believe anything is possible.
5) Emails from my Dad. He sent me this email yesterday while he was supposed to be working, all about the Use and Abuse of similes. The fact that he read it and thought of me and my writing made me smile, because sometimes, all I need is support from a new direction. I know he always supports me, but showing it at an unexpected time with that email was the push I needed. (So thanks Dad.)
Anyway, that about wraps it up. The countdown to finishing is pretty much on. It could be any day now, all I need is a satisfying way to wrap it all up. If only I could stick to a plan, I wouldn't be writing blind right now. Oh well, the characters know what they're doing. I hope.