There has to be a way to get some words down. Not more words, just some words.
It’s summer in Florence. August, the month when no one works. Though that’s no excuse. Still, all the Florentines have left for the beach or the mountains. Florence is full of hot tourists trying to find their way to the Duomo. Temperatures are up to 40 degrees. My kids are on school holidays. The days are long and lazy – every one of them blue. Along with 99% of Italians, my husband is also on vacation. Luring me to the beach with promises of spaghetti alle vongole or risotto al mare, under a striped awning with a glass of cold wine. How on earth can I write my 10,000 words this month with all these temptations?
Enter the 250 words per day rule. That’s it, as low as I can go and still move my bookforward. It has to be the way to maintain some sort of flow. While my discipline is out the window, emergency measures are necessary. JUST 250 WORDS A DAY!
The thought ‘I should be writing,’ burns in my brain and makes my summer life really difficult. Trying to shake the ‘I should be writing’ chant is impossible. So I am trying out this daily writing habit – just 250 words per day.
When I don’t write, I am anxious. When I do write, I am happy, self-assured and fulfilled.
Do you want to try the 250 a day word rule with me? And let us know how you go? Or do you have any secrets, tips, formulas that can help me get through this Italian August with something to show for it?
Seriously, let me know.
PS: This Blog is 295 words, does that count?