First, imagine yourself happy at work. Imagine dealing cheerfully with interruptions and returning to work. Picture a great spot to write. Better still, imagine several great spots, because a writing career shouldn’t depend upon a particular spot, or even a particular time of day.
Second, settle your mind on your next step.
Just one next step, because writing is complicated enough without multi-tasking. What is that next step?
If it’s too big for the time you have, chunk it down and identify that first bit of work. Imagine what it feels like to finish today’s writing work. What would it look like if the writing went smoothly?
Third, remember the drafting math.
The math is encouraging. If a writer has a cogent outline to write from – I suggest carrying an outline notebook or blank outline graphic organizers through the week, for 5 to 10 minute free preparation time – then 3,000 words drafted a week equals 2 short novels, about 70,000 words, or one longer novel, a year.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career.
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is a founding editor of Pulp Literature Press.
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