I write naked. I write semi-clothed and sometimes just in my little black robe.
The point is I write.
Sometimes I write with wine although this can be dangerous as if the muse doesn’t kick in quickly I end up with an empty bottle of wine and only a few dozen words to show for it. This is a bad thing.
Sometimes I write while watching a movie. I know that I have hit my groove when I get annoyed and pause it. Sometimes I zone in so deep I forgot all about whatever I have playing in the background.
I used to write at the restaurant down the street when I lived in Orlando. I loved it as it got me out of the house and since the manager was a friend often my writing time was fueled by complimentary wine. My goal in those early weeks was a 1,000 words a week.
I have also written in hospital waiting rooms, during my lunch break and when I can’t sleep. I didn’t write when I was sick, but I tried. I read books when I was awake, watched movies and when I felt a little better I took notes. I didn’t really stop for those four weeks so much as a paused so I could heal.
Currently, my goal is 400 words a day. It is the same number of words that Terry Pratchett wrote each day according to his friend, Neil Gaiman. 400 words a day is manageable even with my day job. I can write that in a hour or two, maybe less depending on how the inspiration is flowing. I am not a particularly fast writer.
The thing that I am working on is writing even when it isn’t flowing. Writing when conditions aren’t idea. Writing by pushing out the story regardless and not judging myself. Writing is always hard work.
Finishing what you start is the advice from other talent writer, Neil Gaiman. It may take some time. But finish it.
Do what it takes to write and to finish what you start.
Write naked if that is what works, it does for me.
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