Last night I stayed up until 11:30, which is late for me. I finished my goal. I was so pumped at finishing my word count. (I almost quit halfway through) I wanted to tell Nate, but there he was sleeping on the bed. I decided not to wake him, but slipped into bed smiling and satisfied and stared at the ceiling thinking over all I'd written. It took awhile to get to sleep. Of course I had some Dr. Pepper at Taco Bell at our youth leader meeting after evening church. Haha. I told Shiloh as I sipped the soda that I was going home to write. She knows how caffeine affects me.
I am not telling you how many words I am committing to write everyday. It would be like a let down for me just to say the number...a bit of intrigue helps push me along. Okay, if you want to come visit me at my house, you can see my calendar for writing. I'm putting the word counts there and what projects I worked on for the day. I can look back and feel some accomplishment and know that if I did it then, I can keep on.
Don't writers write everyday? Most do. I haven't been consistent lately and I want to do better. I can imagine what I would do if I were consistent. Do you have bucket lists? I do on writing projects. And the books on writing say that you get better the more you write. So...write, write, write!
Today I went into a class to schedule my character trait teaching. The students got wide eyed and some cheered when they saw me. Maybe they thought they were getting out of work? "Not today," I said, and I gave them the date I would come back to teach. I looked at a few students and whispered, "when I come back I will have an hour to wait between classes so I will do some writing then and use my time wisely. I looked at one young man..."do you like to write?" I asked. Not just the one student, but 4 or 5 shook their heads no. I gave them a funny look and then smiled and said, "But its so much fun to create!"
I don't think they believed me. I wished I'd had time right there to make up a story with them. Maybe I can in one of my teaching sessions this year.
I guess it's not just writing for me. It's art too. Soon my latest project will be finished and I will upload it to Createspace to have it published on Amazon. It will be a journal featuring some of my horse pictures from recent coloring books, but with a spiritual emphasis because there will be bible verses every so many pages, and a place to write down people to pray for, and a place for answered prayer.
I really made it thinking what I would like in a journal...and I looked at other journals in the marketplace. I wanted the journal I was creating kind of the same, but, of course different. Here is a sneak preview of the cover.
My thought was to be able to color the cover too, but it will have to be done in permanent markers because Createspace only does the glossy or matte covers.
It will have a over a hundred pages - 22 sets of 6:
- to color
- to write
- to make lists
- to draw
- to choose a writing prompt
- to do a maize
One thing I have learned is to go back and read, Sometimes taking a day break before reading again so that I can look at it with fresh eyes.
Next time I blog I will show you some cool stuff I learned about a free software I downloaded.