Creating a Space


This will be a bit of a combo post for the ROW80 (the new round just started as of today; Monday was goal-setting) and the RSWrite challenge (which I missed a week of posting/commenting on).

I’ve taken a bit of a step back from my online life to re-immerse myself into things that really matter.  Not that all of you don’t matter, but the people here in my home now, family coming into town for the holidays…  they aren’t here forever, my son grows and changes daily…  I needed to be here with them for a while, even more than normal.  They’re gone now, and the Boodle wants to work on his own things (no one in this family can deal with large numbers of people for too long without needing to retreat for days after); now I have some space to create and think… and write again.

Which means it’s time for new….


I’m totally bypassing the overview of my last RSWrite goals except to say things are progressing.  I’m still in love with the historical aspects of my story, but I’m also finding a lot of things about my MCs that I hadn’t expected…  things that make them so real.

Here’s a(n unedited) line I wrote last night at our local NaNoWriMo group that fits most of what I’m been writing lately:

How many of the gifts he’d received over the years had been bought by his father’s guard and had not been personal touches of paternal love and affection, he wondered.

It’s a new Round of Words in 80 Days and new goals are the words of the day.  And simplicity seems to be the important thing to focus on now.  I’m finding that I haven’t really settled back into writing as a daily commitment after my long departure from last summer.

More than anything, I want to work on that.  I want to recreate that space I had where I had to write daily—had to because the characters wouldn’t let me ignore them for longer than a few hours at a time, had to because the stories needed to find a way out of my head and onto the page.

I’m starting to get back to that.  I’ve stayed away from my computer more and have returned to carrying notebooks with me everywhere.  In the past week, I’ve increased my writing daily in spurts and dribbles on the page.

The physical act of writing makes me want to write.  (It seems to work the same for my son as well, as we’ve found with some of his writing projects he’s been doing lately.)  There is a magic to pen and paper.

So my goals for both this upcoming week (and throughout the ROWnd) are:

  • bring a notebook
  • allow myself a space to just relax and look around and observe
  • write observations down
  • a minimum of fifteen minutes of physical exercise daily (on days I exercise I get much more, but then I flump on other days…  consistency is key).
  • make a space to write with pen and paper at home again

That’s it.

I do have one short term goal I should add, since the RSWrite goals are weekly and this needs to be done by Monday:

  • write my ROW80 sponsor post


9 responses to “Creating a Space

  1. Kat Morrisey

    You’ll be back in the habit of writing soon, I bet. Cause you’re right, making it simple (in terms of goals, and what to do to get to making writing a habit again), should help you get there. 🙂 Good luck this round and I look forward to seeing you around the ROW!


    • Thanks, Kat. I’m still working on that habit bit… but I am making a point to do little things that are helping get me closer.


  2. My goals are very similar to yours this round. I also much prefer pen and paper for writing, and my overall goal for the round is to make it a habit to write at least a page a day. I know it’s only early days so far, but I’m pretty pleased to be sticking with it so far.

    Good luck for this round!


    • A page a day is a LOT of writing when you aren’t in the habit at all anymore. Keep with it, Emily. It’ll be two pages or more soon enough.


  3. Glad you’ve found something that works for you. I don’t do much writing by hand(other than plotting),though I’ve found it sometimes helps to switch to that when I get stuck on a particular scene.


    • I think writing by hand works with us different ways. It’s not always the best choice, but I do think people shouldn’t disregard it as a bad one just because they’re so used to typing these days. Sounds like you’ve got a formula to make it work for you.


  4. I’m going to borrow some of your goals, I think. I haven’t written with just pen and paper in so long – I type at about 75 WPM, so I think I’ve just lost the ability to slow down long enough to actually write. Good luck carving out your writing space – looking forward to hearing what you come up with!


    • You’re more than welcome to borrow/use any of my goals. I don’t own the ideas. (I sometimes don’t even own up to he ideas sadly.)

      We use different parts of our brains when we write out long hand. That can slow us down if we’re not used to doing it (and even when we are sometimes). Don’t lose that edge you have with typing (I AM looking at shorthand as a viable alternative since some speed would be nice too).

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  5. You are right, the pen or pencil is more powerful, though not always easier (especially if one has terrible handwriting). I do try to sit somewhere a re write with a notebook or journal and a writing stick. Good on you! 🙂

    This week I am writing less because I am going out of town to a convention, so I have been trying to keep up with my basic goals and will devote a lot of time to writing when i get back.

    Hope your week is full of awesome!!