Here's a picture of a goat. It doesn't really have anything to do with writing, but I think everybody can agree that goats are awesome, so this guy's going to just hang out here while we chat.
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm spending this week writing a little bit each day about a different aspect of my online course, Taking Flight. The purpose of this course is to help you build a writing practice that works with your life. And while that involves all that sort-of-mushy stuff around believing in yourself as a writer and silencing your inner editor, it also involves some practical concerns.
Like, when are you going to write?
You are probably super busy. I don't think I know anybody who isn't. In the second module of the course, I offer a bunch of strategies around creating a writing schedule that works with your existing commitments, so you don't need to abandon your family and run off to live in a yurt in order to finish your novel.
But I think the most important part of the second module is this: Your writing life doesn't have to look like anybody else's. Just because your favourite writer of all time wakes up every morning at 4 a.m. to write for three hours doesn't mean you need to do the same. You can have a fulfilling, productive, inspiring writing practice that happens two days a week instead of seven, or in 10-minute increments, or in weekly marathon writing sessions. If it works for you, it works.
I'm currently working on a collection of poetry about motherhood. Know where I've written all of my poems so far? In the car (when somebody else was driving, of course), using the Notes app of my iPhone. It's not fancy, but it works.
What does your writing practice look like these days?
Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice is now available from Nest & Story. It's a 100% online, self-study course, so you can do it on your own time, at your own pace, from wherever you are in the world.