Last Monday I had the writing blues and I was complaining about how I hadn’t written anything in 3 months, and about how that was driving me bonkers.
I promised I’d do something about that. So I did. And it worked!
Last week, I wrote one chapter a day.
How did I do that? Well, with lots of help from my writing partner Cassie.
The Sunday before my Writing Blues Monday, Cassie and I had met up to discuss our writing lives. We had the same exact problem: we rarely had time to write because of work and personal lives, and whenever we did have time, we found ourselves feeling either too tired or too uninspired to write. One of the reasons for our writing problem, was that we both put others’ needs above our own.
Because we couldn’t change who we were, I suggested that we use it to our advantage. I proposed that we should write one scene/chapter every day, and once we were done, we would send the chapter to each other for critique. Cassie agreed it was a great idea, so we shook on it and began our “writing contract.”
Last Week, Cassie and I started exchanging chapters and critiquing every day. As soon I finished writing one chapter, I sent it on to Cassie for critique, and she did the same thing.
It was tough at first–like learning how to run again after months of not training. I was nervous, excited and scared but I forced myself to write because I knew Cassie was waiting on the other end. It got easier each day, and the more I worked on my story, the more I rediscovered the joys of writing. I also looked forward to critiquing Cassie’s story because I enjoyed watching (or reading) her story unfold every day. The writing arrangement was definitely a win-win for both of us. Having a sense of accountability and responsibility, and knowing that we were not alone helped us make time for our writing.
Our goal is to continue with this arrangement until we both finish writing and critiquing each other’s manuscripts. And after that? Well, maybe we’ll develop enough discipline to keep on working on our chapters at our own pace. Or not. Whatever the future we bring, Cassie and I are both grateful we have each other, and that we are both finally writing again.
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