Writing Buds – Growing Word Count

Get Writing! Find A Writing Buddy
by Amy Ray



We all have busy lives. It’s a fact of modern day life, like it or not.

I am a wife, mother, writer, marketer, and event organizer, to name a few of my roles. When I start my day, I classify and rank tasks according to urgency: what has to be completed today, followed by those with deadlines looming, etcetera. This usually leaves new writing projects midway through the list at best.

This week I switched up that order and put writing *near* the top. Yes, I still throw in a load of whites first, eat a bowl of gluten-free cinnamon Chex, but writing begins at 8 a.m. sharp. And it lasts for one hour, uninterrupted. No e-mail checking, tweeting, or Facebook posting allowed! Pure creativity, no distractions.

It would be easy to fall off this schedule so I enlisted my Kid Lit Universe cohort, Joyce Shor Johnson, as my writing buddy. We had already been meeting at a quaint coffee shop once or twice a week to write—which was nice—but we also tended to spend a portion of that time planning Kit Lit Universe blog posts and events and…socializing.

Our new method doesn’t require face-to-face interaction. I text her to start off the session, then we text at the end to report our word counts. Simple, yet surprisingly effective.

There is a side effect though: both Joyce and I have found ourselves continuing to write past the designated hour. Once the door is open, the flow of words hasn’t stopped because of our self-imposed time limit.

This week I completed a short story. Joyce made great progress on her YA novel. Next week I begin tackling my work-in-progress, an adult mystery/thriller, the one that I’ve been kicking about for a couple of years that gets started, then put on the back burner, then revisited…

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