Oh look! Another month went by. Compared to the bumpy February, March had proven more understanding, allowing me to add the words at a steady pace, and to appreciate the effects of the long-term commitment. It reminded me of hiking in the mountains where the peaks always seemed to be as distant as in the beginning of the journey, but once you’ve looked back, you saw the whole stretch of valleys and narrow paths you’ve scaled already. And writing felt similar: a thousand word on its own doesn’t seem that much, but when you look at a month, then two and three months of such thousands, they grow into stories, blog posts and novels.
How do I know it? Because at the end of March I’ve reached 100,000 words written since the beginning of 2015. That’s more than I’ve written throughout 2014 (I think a lot more, but have no detailed numbers). But without keeping track of my numbers it would be hard to know, as even my main WIP novel, which had grown during the last quarter, is still unfinished. I think keeping track of the numbers helps to see the bigger picture and has a positive impact on motivation, giving the sense of accomplishment.
Three months into the challenge, and I still can’t say I’ve found balance, and a perfect day routine, but at least I managed my time well enough to read some books, including some chapters of Scrivener’s manual (though my Goodreads challenge states that I’m still behind), and have a bit of creative fun with polymer clay.
The 365k Club participation had also proven that writing really is the most important thing in my life. I’d find myself switching off an engaging video game or ignoring Twitter chats because the time for writing came, not to mention making sure Friday drinks with coworkers don’t interfere with the writing time. I think there’s some writerly discipline building with another month of 1000 words a day – and they are not an average buffed by the weekend’s crazy word-scribbling, but honest day-by-day thousands.
And after rather calm March, April will bring a new challenge, as I’m going away, and plan on visiting Pyrkon, science-fiction and fantasy festival in Poland which means I might finally break my perfect streak of writing. Or maybe not? Maybe I’ll find myself scribbling down stories while watching cosplayers and waiting for another seminar?
I’ll tell you all about next month.
This post is a part of “A Month of Writing” series, feel free to browse through other related posts.
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.