Writing is writing is writing (right?)

writing begets more writing

My thinking was this: all writing effort is good effort, and since I can’t spend all day every day for the next few months actually writing my novels, I would spend all day every day writing.

Writing articles for publications, writing blog posts, writing comments on other people’s blog posts, reading other people books and writing about them, etc. etc.

What this means is that I am in the mindset of writing, a place I very much want to be.

My routine so far (it’s day 9 after all):

  • 8-9 am Get up and get some exercise (Tennis or Yoga) to get the blood flowing.
  • 9-10 am Answer emails, catch-up on news and push along the various chases for stories
  • 10-noon Write in the moleskin (where I write the novel I am currently working on. The finished casebooks are in the computer, transcribed)
  • noon-2pm Leave the house. Even for coffee, but actually leave. This is free time, so anything I want can fall in here.
  • 2-3pm Blog and read other blogs and comment
  • 3-4:30pm Read over the moleskin and write some more. Send out a query letter to an agent or publisher.

So far I have not set myself a word-count goal (since my moleskin doesn’t come with word-count ; ) but I have a 5 page rule as a minimum when I sit down to write.
What do you guys do? Any suggestions for my above routine? Too stringent? Too lax? Hakuna Matata?

Author: Angela Misri

Novelist, Digital Strategist & Journalist http://angelamisri.com

8 thoughts on “Writing is writing is writing (right?)”

      1. I haven’t gotten quite there yet, though I probably will soon. I did think that whole thing with Sienna working with the Consortium to trick Langdon and all the fake death stuff and whatnot was confusing. I was like, “Brown didn’t even give away any hints of that!”

  1. We-e-e-ll…yes…and no. It’s been my experience that all forms of writing are not created equal. One can only write a novel at the speed that it takes to happen first in the subconscious, and the subconscious needs a steady daily diet of a certain amount of novel-specific activity and information (such as rereading/revising earlier work, and new research), in order to pick out of the memory bank likely bits of prior life experience and recast them in fictional terms. Get too far away from that in what you’re reading and writing, and the subconscious starts spinning in neutral, creating nothing….

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