Write to Publish was a great experience for a lot of reasons, but a few things really stood out. Among them, the answer Lilith Saintcrow gave when asked how full-time mothers can fit in time for writing. The answer can work just as well for full-time grad students, I’m sure.
The answer was, in essence: just do it. Make writing a priority, and you’ll find yourself making time for it. Not to say it should be more important that your family (or your studies, as they case may be), but it needs to be a close second or third. Writing won’t happen if you don’t make it happen.
I’m taking this advice to heart. No more can I get away with only writing every month or so (with the notable exception of NanoWrimo, of course). I’m going to start making writing a priority again.
But I’m not going over board. I don’t need pages and pages by the end of each day. I don’t even need the 1,667 word count I’m used to from NanoWrimo. I just need to get some writing done on a story. Blogging does not count. Character research does not count.
To hold myself to this, I’ll be twittering about my word daily word goals and counts. If I make significant progress, I’ll probably facebook about it. Yay for modern technology.
Once again, Thank you Lilith, for some wonderful advice!