After a very busy April, I thought I deserved to take a breath and have a few days of a break. I took my mind off writing, relaxed a bit, and… before I realized, half of the month was magically gone. And then, before I even could think of catching up a bit, May was already ending.
As a result, May could be considered my worst writing month in a long time, with only 4619 words written that is about 12% of what I intended to write (not to mention that I was already behind from February and March)… But then, I didn’t entirely abandon my projects, and even tough Camp NaNoWriMo had ended, I kept editing my novel and logged over 20 hours of editing, so even though my word count looked quite dire, I don’t feel like I wasted a month. Quite to the contrary, revising my epic fantasy should be a priority over the “new” writing, so I’m happy that even though I didn’t write much, I still managed to work slowly through my already written novel.
I still have my eyes of winning the 365k Club Challenge second year in a row, and with a bit of effort I know I can make it with ease, though I need to seriously start catching up, because if I fall behind more than I already am (and life likes to interfere, after all), I won’t make it.
May also proved that building writerly routine is everything. I’m far from claiming that every aspiring writer should write every day, because our writing time depends on various aspects of our lives, but I strongly believe that there should be some kind of a routine in place. Be it writing every second day, or once a week, whatever works, but a routine not only gets things done. It also helps to keep on going, and every next time we force ourselves to sit down and write that one obligatory sentence or page, it gets a little bit easier to “get in the zone”.
Because of that, I’m in a way happy that such a month like May happened to me. Keeping on top of the game last year was easy, every consecutive day had built up my routine, so it became so easy to just keep writing. I remember mentioning back then that I can imagine how hard it must be to come back to writing after a break, and how I was impressed by the fellow challenge participants who managed to pull that off.
Now it’s my turn to do so, to rebuild my routine, and prove to myself that I have enough discipline to get back to regular writing. Will June be a better month then? I certainly hope that in the next A Month of Writing post I’ll have some better news to share.
And how did your May go? Was it nice enough to you?
This post is a part of the “A Month of Writing” series – a monthly report on my progress in the 365k Club challenge.