An open letter to my writing

Dear Writing,

They say there is no wrong or right way to be a writer. We all have our own personal relationship with our writing. I’m writing this letter to you to let you know our writing  relationship is struggling.

Some of my blogger friends and the writers I follow on Pinterest are participating in NaNoWriMo this month. I envy those people who are attempting to crank out a full 50,000 word manuscript in one month.

You and I have talked about the stories in my computer files and the unfinished blog posts in my writing notebook. We’ve gone over this again and again about how I can’t seem to get these out of my head and on to the screen. We’ve commiserated together about how I long to put these stories out there in some form that I can share with the world.

You know more than anyone how I feel about you Writing. I’m so excited on my writing days. I look forward to spending that time with you but then something always happens. Life has a way of wedging itself into our relationship. I mean, look what happened when school started this year? All that momentum I started with this summer’s writing project of the 12-week online class, it just disappeared. And work got crazy when those events showed up.

My schedule changed when my son Jake went back to school. My afternoons were taken with football practices and homework. Then came the moment when I realized I ran out of steam. I’m still having trouble getting back on track. But you know about all this. If anything, there’s at least communication in our relationship.

You know I’ve looked into other ways for us to spend more time together. For some, the answer seems to be waking up at 5am to write before the busyness of the day. We’ve known each for a very long time and you know that waking up early stuff ain’t gonna happen with me. I’ve woken up many days at 5am to go to the bathroom and wasn’t able to fall back asleep. Those days were just miserable. I was unfocused, tired and counting down the hours when I could get back into bed again.

So here we are

We’re kinda stuck with each other because I’m not walking away from everything we’ve built together. To show you how much I’m willing to work on our relationship, I’ve decided to do a mini-writing challenge this month. Since I know I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo, I’m going to give myself a goal of writing 250 words a day Monday – Friday. I figured that’s about 30 minutes a day and if I miss a day, I’ll double it up the next day. The goal will be 1250 words a week and giving me a total of at least 5000 words for the month of Nov.

It’s not exactly close to the 50,000 goal for NaNoWriMo but it’s a start. And maybe along the way, we can figure out how to adjust my schedule so we can spend more time together to make both of us happy. I’m glad we talked Writing. Now let’s see what we can do together to get it all down on paper.


your friend Penney

Photo credit: Letters from Home

15 thoughts on “An open letter to my writing

  1. Oh, Penny, how I envy you!  If I set a goal for myself of 250 words a day I’d be looking at a blank page for an hour!  The only thing that works for me is the paper in the bowl thing.  I write down ideas for memoirs I want to write, fold them and put them in a bowl.  On writing day I pull out a paper and write about it.  Sometimes it’s just a few words, sometimes it’s a few pages.  The thing is, I only do it one day a week.   You’re my friend and I want you to succeed.  You are in my prayers, my friend, and I wish you good writing!


    • I remember hearing about your bowl writing days. I’ve learned that different routines work for different people. I figure as long as you get the chance to write then that’s what matters.

      HEY – where were you Thurs night? We reviewed my story that night and I was curious to hear your feedback before I submitted it for the book. I assume Patricia sent it to you so let me know what you think (you can send me an email if that works).

  2. Good for your Penny! I saw other bloggers discussing that challenge and I thought “You are INSANE” or have tons of time. I think it’s great that you are participating on your own terms, realistic terms for your lifestyle. I look forward to reading your work Monday through Friday! Go Penny!

    • I’m with you – I have no idea how I could fit that into my life in one month. I’ll probably blog about the experience but its really my goal to write a bunch of blog posts for my new business blog and to write some for this blog. I feel like I’m always trying to squeeze in my writing and I never get to write out the ones I really want to write or say what I want to share. I want to use this challenge to get it all out and ready to post. I hope that makes sense 🙂

  3. Good luck! I know how hard it is to stick to a goal. I am always telling myself I am going to do a photography project for a month or so and then end up falling off. Stick with it!

  4. i signed up to Nanawrimo for the encouraging forums alone, I haven’t even reached 1000 words yet, but I’m comfortable with my pace, as outside of prose, poetry and journaling, this is my first stab at putting together a structured story.

    • I’ve heard the forums are pretty good about connecting with others. I haven’t signed up yet because I’m not sure I’m ready to take on such a big project.
      Good for you for at least doing this at your own pace! Keep us posted on what happens and how much you write 🙂

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