Flexing the Writing Muscle
by Joanne Troppello
A while ago, my husband hurt his hand while working in the yard and he had to get his wrist and hand in a cast for two months. We had been consistently going to the gym to work out three to four times a week, but after that injury, we took some time off.
Of course, I could have gone to the gym by myself, but I didn’t. We had started this as a means to do an activity together. Anyway, five and a half months had flown by and we could have gone back to the gym after he’d gotten the cast off. However, we didn’t.
My husband is now working more hours and gets a lot of exercise while working each day as a Pest control serviceman. He downloaded an app on his phone to track his daily steps and usually walks between 10,000-12,000. Last year he bought me a MaxiClimber and I do 30 minutes a day and 15 minutes of weight training. I am enjoying working out at home better than working out in the gym. Once I started working out again after having months and months off, my muscles ached, and I felt the pain.
This experience got me thinking today that this is how I need to look at flexing the writing muscle. If I don’t write something every day, I will get into a rut and slack off. Before I know it, five months will go by with no writing accomplished. I currently work each day as a copywriter for several different companies. I write several columns each month for Pandora’s Box Gazette. However, I haven’t done any edits or rewrites lately to my latest WIP. I cannot wait until I have some extra time to start again. Of course, I am grateful for the steady copywriting work. I have to pay bills!
How do you flex your writing muscle? Do you set goals and try to write one chapter every day? Are you more inclined to set a goal on a specific word count that you need to complete each day?
When I have the time to sit down to write for my book projects, I try to focus on finishing at least one section of a chapter each time.
It’s so easy to get distracted with the normal daily routine that we don’t spend any time writing. If you work a full-time job, it can be hard to find the time to write. I know. When I worked at my 9-5 office job, I spent the majority of my lunch hour furiously writing and then tried to get more writing done for an hour before going to sleep.
Now I work from home as a freelance writer so my hours are more flexible, but as I mentioned, I have so many writing projects going on—I can’t get to my novel writing at this time.
Flexing the writing muscle is easier when we have accountability. Find a writing partner or writing group. Share your struggles with finding time to write. You may not realize it, but a good amount of writers struggle with trying to find the time to write in their busy schedules. If you have that accountability, that is great.
I don’t have a writing partner, but I do have an accountability partner in my husband. He is very interested in my writing career. He always asks to see any columns I’ve written and he continually encourages me to keep writing each day.
As writers, we should never take too much time in between books being published before we start work on our next project. This is advice that I need to take too! I have to find the time to start flexing my writing muscle for my novels.
Keep active in your writing and you will be a prolific writer, but take the time to give it your best. You don’t want to publish book after book that isn’t your best work. You should always write, but also keep in mind that you need to keep editing when you’re done. Keep the fun in writing and you’ll keep on writing. One day, you’ll look back at your writing career and see a long line of successful best sellers with your name on the covers.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.