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I’ve been making up stories since I was small.
Before I could write, I would make up songs with stories within them and daydream my way through far off lands.
When I got into school I discovered my love of reading and naturally over time this transformed my way of storytelling onto paper.
I tended to write in bursts during my schooling experience. I would write whenever inspiration struck, in wonderful moments where the pen held in my hand seemed to zip across my lined pages. Those sort of writing habits fared me well in the school environment; writing between classes and scribbling down notes beside onto a notepad on my bedside table when I awoke from fantastical dreams. I wrote every chance that I got. It felt special, exciting and sometimes forbidden (when I’d write during class).
When I left school things changed. Life happened, as they say.
I suddenly had to make decisions, I had to grow up.
My writing became stagnant for a year.
I tried some college, but it didn’t seem to stick.
It wasn’t until I started working full time, that I began to write again.
I wrote fanfiction and worked on a trilogy, neither of which I finished completely.
I never got past the 10 chapter mark, instead I was re-writer.
I wrote like that for a couple of years.
After I got married, I was fortunate to have the complete unconditional support of a like minded creative who encourage me to begin writing again.
My method of writing that I had during my schooling years picked up once more.
I took what I thought was to be just a breather from my series, and started a brand new idea for the wonderful time of year that is called NANOWRIMO
I wrote nearly every day that November and had at the end of it 18k words of chronological chapters and words.
Finally I felt an achievement in my bones, and I wanted desperately to finish the story.
I had the ending crisp in my mind, and the characters had taken me on an adventure that I hadn’t ever truly experienced so accurately before.
I had also found like minded individuals on Twitter, who had cheered me on through the whole process.
Then I discovered the “Don’t Break the Chain” calendar through YouTube, and found #writechain on Twitter.
Finally it felt like all the puzzle pieces had fallen into place.
I needed to create a regular writing schedule and what better way than having a minimum word count for each and every day.
The idea was daunting at first, but I picked a word number that I felt I could get in on even my worst day. And it worked, rest is history.
The lesson I have learned from writing every day has changed my life.
So here’s the kicker, I will not tell you that you have to write every day to be a writer.
Firstly, because that’s simply not true.
You write, therefore you ARE a writer.
But I do believe it is important to either set aside a time to write or create your own sort of writing schedule.
The main point of a writing schedule is to get you to write.
So often we can get stuck.
When you have goals, you are able to gather momentum towards fulfilling your dreams.
So what have you done to make time for writing? Do you have a writing schedule? Do you have any experiences to share. Please feel free to post below.