My New Writing Journey

How many posts have I had about writing? I hate to even go back and count. I was on such a high the summer that I wrote my first book. And then my second one, the sequel came to me shortly after. I still can’t believe I have written books. That seemed to be the easy part though. The next part, the getting someone to like my books, was the hard part. Rejection after rejection came in. Which was expected, but still hard to handle. I kept writing, a little, but then I fell off the writing wagon. Several times. I would climb back on and fall right back off within a few days. Every now and then I get the itch and a new scene comes to me for my WIP which I’ve been working on for more than a year now and still am not close to finishing.

But every now and then I get a spark. A random Sunday on the couch reading tweets and it hits me. I can do this. I will do this. This is my dream and I can’t achieve it if I don’t try.

I have several ideas written down in a notebook. Possible stories, possible characters. But nothing is on the edge of my fingertips waiting to be written down.

So Sunday, when I got the urge to write, but didn’t know what to write, I started looking up daily prompts for writers online.

That is when I ran across Sarah Selecky’s website.

sarah selecky

On Sarah’s website, I was able to sign up for daily prompts. These will come in my email every morning – at 6 a.m. I found out today. She suggests writing for 10 minutes a day, so starting today, I set my alarm for 6:50, 10 minutes earlier. I may have overslept a few minutes, but I still got my writing in.

Sarah also suggests writing by hand, in a notebook. That’s not a problem at all for me…. once I find the notebook.

Here was today’s prompt: Write a scene using the words bug, dopamine, and curriculum.

 I am hoping by doing these prompts that ideas will start to build up and a story will spark. I know that I have stories to tell, I just think some of them may need to be forcibly pulled out.

As with everything I do, getting set up was the first step. I signed up for the emails, had to go buy a new notebook (and had to consult my cousin about which one I should get and I ended up buying three so I would have several of the same ones to ease my OCD mind).

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Once I decided (finally) on a notebook, I then had to decide how I would set up each day’s prompts. One of the sellers of this notebook was that there are little gray boxes on the pages. One is just the right size to write my prompt, then a couple of smaller boxes that I can use the date and time I write, a little triangle on the bottom where I can add in page numbers if I write several pages, and even a box across the side, which of course I had to get creative with.

So last night I started my writing. It’s funny because once I set my mind to it Sunday afternoon, ideas started swirling. I had to start making notes in my phone so I wouldn’t forget them. Instead of doing a prompt last night or this morning, I decided to go ahead and write what came to me yesterday. I likely will be using the prompts most days, but hope that I won’t have to use them every day and can save some of them for struggling days.

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Oh and I am even giving myself a little motivation with my notebook. So the little gray box along the edge, well I got on Goodreads and found thousands of quotes by authors about writing. I jotted down some quotes that I can read  them in the morning, give myself a little push by some of my idols and get going.

Honestly, sitting down and writing all of this out could have been great writing time. I know that. I also know that I have put in a lot of effort and wasted a lot of time that I could have been writing. But for me it’s a process. Like the time I cleared out a section in my bedroom and went and bought a little desk on New Year’s Eve… a writing desk of course. I’ve used it probably a half dozen times. But every girls needs a desk right?

So why am I telling you this instead of sitting in my bed writing the next great novel? I use my blog as an accountability outlet. It’s written down, people are seeing what I’m working on and I can only hope will ask me in the next few weeks, days, months how it is going. I know I can always count on Robin Spano for this! Who else is going to hold me accountable??

4 thoughts on “My New Writing Journey

  1. Love this idea, Kari! And love that you’ve taken this step. The idea of a prompt being emailed to you each day is awesome, and the thought of responding to them by hand is really appealing to me in our digitally-obsessed world. I write soooo much slower than I type, which often forces my mind to slow down and really think about what I’m saying. I like that. Keep up the great work! I’ll hold you accountable and cheer you on. :)

  2. Kari says:

    Thank you Meg!! :) I’ll be sure to keep you updated… good or bad… and may touch base when I need encouragement ;) I have hand written since I started working on my last book. I think writing slows me down too, in a good way. As much as I love technology, I think the fact that I write at a computer all day, hand writing is just so much more appealing when it’s for fun…. and for me!

  3. What a great post about the writing life. I love that you bought three notebooks!

    My friend Steph (at Bella’s Bookshelves, a blog she’s not writing on too much anymore so she can focus on her other work – http://www.bellasbookshelves.com/) loves Sarah’s courses. I think they’ve really helped her get her juices flowing.

    And I’m glad your inner positive voice is winning. It’s tough in this industry. All those rejections can batter you around a lot–both pre and post publication. But you’re doing it, you’re winning.

  4. Kari says:

    Thank you Robin… as I said, I always know I can count on you! What would I have done without our chance encounter through Netgalley ;)