Writing Time

Writing Time

I accidentally committed myself to writing 1000 words a day on a new project, kind of NaNoWriMo style. Naturally, I didn’t bother to take into considerations like work, applying for jobs and all those pesky things that happen in life, like commuting, cooking…


To make things worse, I emailed it to myself, opened it, and it was saying 2000ish words. What?! Where the hell was it?!

Writing Time

After a massive slight panic, I went to the other computer and realised I had emailed myself the wrong file. Or something. The good news is that as of Monday night it was sitting at 4300ish. The bad news is that Monday night means it should be at 6000 words, so that by August 1st I’ve hit my 10,000 word goal.


But instead I’m blogging, reading, applying for jobs & commenting on this week’s laugh link. I’m totally not procrastinating though. I have to comment on posts to be a good linky co-host. It’s really just the right thing to do. Morally, you know. If I didn’t do it, I would be anti-moral. Immoral? Hmm. Maybe I should rethink this writer thing if I don’t know the word immoral. Not because writers are immoral, but because writers should know words. To paraphrase Gilmore Girls, words are the putting into sentences doing thing.


(The actual quote is: “Oh I cant stop drinking the coffee, I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing.”)


I think there’s some irony here that I’m taking the time to look up the source (if IMDB is really a source, which my uni-trained brain is screaming noooo it’s not, but in internet skills it probably is) of a Gilmore Girls quote and writing this blog post instead of focusing on getting form 4300 up to 6000 words.


(If you’re curious, it’s a part memoir, part self help book. Or that’s the description I’ve come up with so far.) 


Also, patricidal cannibal is now my new favourite writing thingy ever. Lanugage? Words? Hmm.


I’m sure if I shut myself in a room and wrote, I would get more done. But it’s nearly 9pm on a Monday night, who wants to be alone then?


How do you fit writing into your day? Any tips for me to buckle down and get this draft done?


14 Replies to “Writing Time”

  1. Oh my God I love the Gilmore Girls! Sorry, that was my ‘take home’ from your whole post:) Now I want to go and watch the whole series again. Or just catch up on The Good Wife where Rory’s rich boyfriend is now a partner in a law firm:)

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Haha I do the same thing, totally focus on a random part of someone’s blog post 🙂

  2. Oh no tips from me at the moment. I’m doing the worse procrastination of my life trying to get on with draft number 2! The words in my head keep screaming “JUST WRITE” but I’m trying to block them out. Why? I don’t know, I guess I should….just write!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Last night felt like blood from a stone! And I was still 800 words behind my goal when I gave up at 9.45!

  3. IMDB is totally a source! It has settled many an argument between Dave and I, as well as easing my mind when I’ve been racking it to figure out where I have seen someone before! Lol! Nice work on the words, even if you’re not at your goal point just yet. Just getting anything written is a good thing!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I’m bouncing between inspired and wondering why anyone would ever bother reading anything, ever haha. And then I figure, hey, something out is better than nothing out.

  4. I write when I can. It’s even more difficult to set aside time to write with a newborn. Good luck with the challenge! 4300 words is better than nothing.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I can’t imagine how little time you have right now 🙂

  5. Wow Vanessa, that’s a scary commitment, good on you! And I miss Lorelai and Rory x

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Big scary haha. I’m wiped out today with last day of work and so on, so I decided to officially take tonight off. But at least I have all day tomorrow to catch up.

  6. I actually find that I write better if I don’t shut myself away and just focus on that thing. It’s like my inner rebel goes nope, you can’t tell me what to do and I sit staring at the blinking cursor with nothing to say. Give me tv watching, social mediaring (totally a word) and other distractions any day!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I always needed noise around me to write uni assignments, but I’m really finding that currently shutting myself away is working! And yep, I totally get the “you can’t tell me to type, blank screen!” thing 🙂

  7. I try to write twice a week but am not working on any writing beyond blog posts and newsletter. Good luck

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Thanks 🙂

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