Update

Hello everyone!

I fell out of the groove of my daily writing for a little while. As many of you may know, I started at new job. It’s been going well. I really am enjoying it. My days are flying by, I’m learning a lot, and having fun. Some nights I come home exhausted, but in a good way – not in a draining way. Mostly I come exhausted because my brain is overflowing with names and information and training. I don’t dread going to work the night before (like I used to when I was at the bank) and I love the people I am working with now. I’ll refer to them as Gray Dog and Blonde Fox to protect their identities. ;)

Now that I’m getting into the swing of how things work at my new job, I’m finding more time to write. At first I was a little bummed for not keeping up with my good habit, but I’m not beating myself up about not reading or writing as much lately. I don’t mind dedicating time towards my new job. Plus, there’s no use in being upset about not writing because it’s my own fault for not blocking time out to do it.

I set out time today to write and decided to just write for 30 minutes. I got out a little over 1,000 words and I almost didn’t want to stop, but I’m tired and need to go to bed. I have weekend errands I really need to catch up with over the next two days. I’ve also plotted some time out to write this weekend. (And get back into the habit of writing blog posts!)

Maybe it was the small break from writing – but, I feel refreshed. My mind is a little clearer. The novel is really starting to shape and take form. When I started the book, I felt a little like I was writing and pieces and chapters weren’t coming together. Now it’s starting to become more of a story rather than chapters haphazardly pieced together.

Enough of my ramblings. I’ll share some of the story soon since some family members have hinted for more. Love you all and enjoy the weekend. :)

 

xo, Sarah

Goodreads

Reading is essential for writers. It’s best to read more than one genre. I tend to write fantasy stories, although I try not to lump stories into one broad category. Anyway, so, I try to read quite a few stories along the lines of what I like to write.

But, I also think it’s best to read more than just books similar to what you like to write. So I try and read horror, literary fiction, thrillers, indie books, steampunk, classic, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

I’ve been using Goodreads a lot. It’s a website/app that I use for book recommendations. And it helps keep track of what I’ve read, want to read, or am currently reading. You can also set goals.

I set a goal to read 25 books for 2015 because I wasn’t sure how many books I read in a year. Plus, I enjoy reading and want to read more. You may have noticed my Goodreads tracker on the right-hand side of the site. So far I’ve read 6 books. I’m not restricting myself on whether or not they are new books to me or rereads. Just as long as I’m reading something for enjoyment.

If you are an avid reader you should check out their site! It’s useful if you’re wondering what to read next and if you like checking out reviews. You can go to Goodreads if you click here.

I’ve got a couple of books lined up for what I should read next, but if you ever have suggestions feel free to let me know. I’m always willing to add more to my “to-read” list.

 

xo, Sarah

Writing Every Day

Many of you know that I have been trying to make a point to write every single day. So far it’s gone pretty well. One day I wrote almost 15,000 words. And one day I wrote around 325 words.

There have been a couple of days when I didn’t write at all and then I made up for it the next day. For those days, like today, when I don’t feel like pumping out over 1,000 words I try and find a prompt to inspire me.

Lately I’ve been Googling images and then writing about scenery. Sometimes I listen to a few songs and then grab a lyric to start a story with. Sometimes I write in silence. Sometimes I write with music blaring.

Sometimes I want to write so much I can’t even type fast enough to keep up with my brain. And then sometimes I get home and after some chores and relaxing I think of Nike (– just do it–) and sit down and write even if it feels like pulling teeth.

After 2 full months of writing every single day I have created a handful of poems, a few short stories, and I’ve written about 3 – 4 chapters for two different novels. Not bad, I’d say. And it makes me happy – so I’m going to keep writing, writing, writing.

When there is something you need to do, but don’t particularly feel like doing it, what do you do to help you complete your task?

xo, Sarah