The thing about self-discipline…

Dec 14, 2010 | 2 comments

Tools of My Trade

     I seem to remember that when 2010 was brand new, I made up my mind to write 1,000 words a day.  By the middle of March, I had managed to stick to that formula every single day and was making good progress on my next book.  In early April, I even wrote a short blog called “1,000 Words a Day (How to Be a Writer 101).”
     In retrospect, that blog entry was either way smug or way unrealistic and probably a bit of both.  Only a few days prior, I had begun writing a 300-400 word entry each day for my blog.  I apparently had a lot of time on my hands because, after my daily posting to “Oysterville Daybook” was made, I was still able to manage the 1,000 words a day toward my book project.    
     By mid-summer, though, the book writing was getting neglected.  I consoled myself that I’d had to take a bit of a break to do some research (which was true) and that the whole point of writing every day was still being satisfied by the blogetty blog (not so true.)  And now we’re closing in on the end of the year and, of course, that first draft of my current book is not yet finished.
     A few days ago, my friend Ruth wrote that she had just completed a draft of her third book and that her goal is to have it polished and off to her publisher by February 1st.  Immediately, I had thoughts of renewed self-discipline – of staying up later or getting up earlier if that’s what it takes to get my own manuscript up and running.  Ruth gets up at 3:00 a.m. to take advantage of the early, quiet hours.  Maybe I could do that.
     But maybe not until after the holidays…


  1. Tara Reed

    Sometimes rules are just made to be broken – and not everyone can function in the quiet hours between 3 & 7 am – I know I can’t.

    I think one of the keys is knowing yourself – when you do your best work and when you need to give yourself a break to relax and rejuvenate. So while setting a target is great – I believe not being too hard on yourself if you miss from time to time is ok too.

    I must say self-discipline has never struck me as a problem for you Sydney! Happy Holidays!

  2. Stephanie Frieze

    It is okay to break resolutions and certainly the holidays are distracting. The good news is that the wheel is turning, the solstice is almost here. It’s a great time for introspection and story telling so I will pull my chair up to the fire of your blog and listen, Sydney!


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