Month One is Done
I snapped photos of the three pages of longhand I wrote this morning, planning to post them.
But one of the pages had a reference to a big corporate client with a big nondisclosure act. I spent fifteen minutes trying to find an iPhone app that would let me blur out the offending words before realizing that it would be much faster (and more search engine friendly!) to just type the pages. So here's a transcript.
I have thirty minutes to write before I have to leave for our last [BIG CORPORATE CLIENT] meeting of the quarter. I want to take stock of January. The daily bubble tracker I made has been a great tool for seeing, at a glance, how I'm following or not following my intentions. It's forced me to confront some hard truths. If I want to work on my memoir three times a week, for example, then I need to pare something else out of my life. I only ever worked on the memoir six times in the last month. I don't think that means my goal of finishing a full draft in 2017 is out of reach. I just need to accept that the draft will be rougher than I'd anticipated.
What I really want, more than anything, is clarity about how all the different parts of the story come together. I think I can achieve that even if I do only work on it six times a month.
The working log I started in Google Docs is proving incredibly helpful, especially since I only work on the memoir sporadically. With next steps already outlined, I save myself a lot of ramp-up time and ensure that future tasks don't get forgotten.
One thing I haven't figured out is how to write in short spurts.
It takes me fifteen or twenty minutes to reach the right frame of mind. And I hate having to stop just when I've gotten somewhere good. So to save myself the frustration, I often don't start at all. But I'd like to put those smaller snippets of time to good use somehow. They're often all I have.
According to the timeline I've made myself, I need to work on chapter three over the next two weeks. I do have some ideas for it. Perhaps I can, as I'm finishing up each of these two-week increments, document what I see as the remaining steps. Important to keep moving, and not get bogged down by endless revisions.
I'm really pleased with the way the daily blogging has been going, and all the new ways I've found to make this routine work. I started out spending an hour or two on each post, but that quickly became unmanageable. I loosened up, and found new ways to sneak writing in--while driving home, for example, while using the voice-to-text feature on my phone. I'm finding it a good way to hold myself accountable, honor my experiences, and stop trying to hide my rough edges. Which is all to say that I'm enjoying myself, and surprising myself, and feeling more confident in my ability to do things that seem impossible at first glance.