I got home from VP on Saturday of last week, and took the rest of the weekend off from writing…playing with the kids, spending some time decompressing, and so on.
On Monday morning, I picked up the quill again, so to speak. By Thursday, I had written an entirely new chapter for the SF novel in progress, based on the input from my one-on-one sessions with the instructors. By yesterday, I had rewritten big chunks of the original Chapter 1 (now bumped to Chapter 2), to mesh better with the new material. I also wrote a product review for a different market.
Total word count for the week: over 6,000 words.
My new post-VP habit is the shifting of my writing time from the end of the day to the beginning, before any other business. Robin leaves the house at 6am, and the kids don’t get up until 7:30 or 8. That’s when I sit down and do the work of the day, rather than using the “left-over” time at the end of the day. Every day last week, my word count has exceeded the 1,000-word goal I’ve set myself, and most of the time, I didn’t even work for the full two hours.
For someone who’s not a morning person, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to sit down at that desk first thing and write 1,000 words of original material before even hitting the shower, but it feels great when you know that the work of the day is done. No matter what else happens during the day, I have my 1,000 words in the bag before breakfast.
VP XII…what a glorious, inspiring, and enjoyable week it was. It’s hard to believe that something can be so tiring and so energizing at the same time.