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I can *not* write every day on the novel. It just won't work with my life. The language goals are easier because they're more mechanical, but I'm definitely letting Portuguese be a now-and-then.

I don't know why I was able to write nearly every day in November but can't now in January. Maybe I should chalk this up to a rocky start (holiday, family, illness) but the year is strewn with similar obstacles, so I think I'll rethink this. I probably won't announce what the revised goal is--I'm only even posting this because a couple of people asked specifically about the writing goal, and it seems like proper accountability to say, Yeah no, this isn't going to work for me after all.

Date: 2019-01-10 01:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
One reason I don't do resolutions. Life, that thing wot 'appens, has a bad habit of getting in the way!

Date: 2019-01-10 01:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sartorias
It's still so very early on. I hope you can get a new rhythm going as the month segues into the next (which is still early for an entire year)

Date: 2019-01-10 02:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
It doesn't work for everyone. Everyone's life isn't structured the same.

Hope things slow down for you a little and that you at least get some time to rest.

Date: 2019-01-10 02:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] missroserose
*hug* I know it's frustrating and sometimes feels like a failure to have to redefine goals. I try hard to remember that even though we like to think otherwise, most processes (especially creative ones) aren't a straight line from point A to point B.

I dunno if this will help you, but there's something we talk about in yoga teacher training that I've found particularly useful—in terms of encouraging potential teachers to demonstrate their values, we say, "Practice more days than you don't." And I've found that to be surprisingly useful, and broadly applicable. Anything I'm actively trying to improve at/make progress with, I try to practice more days than I don't. Sometimes I'm going to miss a day here and there, because life happens, but even if it's just fifteen minutes or whatever, keeping it fresh in my mind does wonders for forward progress.

On another note, speaking as someone who's currently in the midst of a novel-length project and is looking down the road at not only starting a new job but also one of her current ones suddenly becoming much more time-consuming, I feel you on the dread of upcoming obstacles. Even the positive ones—maybe especially the positive ones!—feel like huge potential roadblocks. Here's to both of us taking it one day at a time. <3

Date: 2019-01-11 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pjthompson
Pardon me for butting in on this conversation, but I just wanted to say that this is most excellent advice. :-)

Date: 2019-01-11 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pjthompson
Ha, thanks. I guess I'm a little gun shy because on Twitter, it's not always welcome. I've had people jump down my throat for joining a conversation. I, too, fondly remember the old days on LJ when it was mostly welcome. But then, that was a community and Twitter is often...a platform for one-sided arguments. There are community elements on Twitter, too, but you have to look hard to find them and tread carefully.

Date: 2019-01-10 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] e_d_young
Maybe being part of a group, or some sort of collective effort, makes a difference. Some ambitious person out there could lead NaNoWriMoEveryMo! Assuming it doesn't already exist. :-)

Date: 2019-01-10 03:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mallorys_camera
I wish we lived closer. I think we'd be a good support system for one another's writing.

Date: 2019-01-10 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pameladean
How very sensible of you. I wonder if everybody always overdoes resolutions or it's just some of us. It's certainly me. I just don't make them any more, and I don't post either writing goals or writing progress because I'd just be revising and apologizing all the time. I've done quite regular, though not daily, writing for months on end, but somewhere something always changes, even if it's the quite benign and celebratory actual finishing of a story. I know people who just move over to the next thing without a pause, but I need to regroup a little.

The rhythms of our lives are hard to track, I think. Best of luck finding one for writing. I'm sure you can, but it's just tricky.

P.

Date: 2019-01-11 07:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pjthompson
Me again. When I was a consistent writer and producing a lot, I scheduled a writing time Monday-Friday every day. My lunch hour at work! Fortunately, I worked at a place where I could hide out in vacant offices and wasn't punching a time clock, so if I was gone, say, and hour and ten minutes no one griped, but that lunch hour was sacrosanct and often the only time I wrote. Sometimes I would write on the weekend if things were really hot and cooking, but most often I took the weekend off, and mostly I needed that. This method worked for years until things went south with my mother and my creative life. So, giving yourself a scheduled time can work well.

As you say, everyone and every writer is different. There are no "shoulds."

Date: 2019-01-14 08:49 pm (UTC)
pjthompson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pjthompson
Ha! Well, let's hope there are no shrouds.

Date: 2019-01-11 05:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marycatelli
I found a quota of one page a day, which you could make up, worked well for me.

Date: 2019-01-11 12:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
I really, really find that writing every day is bad for me. I take one day off every week. I don't always get a lot done on every single one of the other six days, but if I don't take approximately one day off a week, I burn out. I really wish this was more discussed when people are focusing on "write every day" as the gold standard, because it's not, it's just a technique among many, and it works for some and not for others, the end.

Date: 2019-01-11 02:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
To your health and productivity in all and holistic regards.

Date: 2019-01-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pjthompson
I was going to tell you that I decided to try your "just open the file everyday" advice and I've been able to do that—most days. I don't make resolutions because I think most of us need the flexibility of "most days" rather than "everyday" because as you and others have said, life has a tendency to interfere. If we can manage it most days, we're doing excellently well.

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