16 Week Writing Challenge: Week 12 (the writing maintenance plan)

The metrics:


  • 2 chapters complete
  • 8,281 words typed
  • 1,183 (average) word count per day
  • 12:38 spent writing total
  • 1:49 (average) spent in daily writing
  • 99,143 total word count


  • 2 novels in-progress
  • 2 novels complete
  • 282 pages read
  • 11:13 spent reading
  • 1:44 (approx. average) spent in daily pleasure reading


  • 4:11

I missed last week. Forgive me. I have no excuse. I just didn’t want to do it. In fact, I didn’t want to do a whole host of things last week. Including, reading or writing.

So I scrapped the blog and watched movies.

Bad move.

But, I got off my pity party (guest=1) and got back into motion. I was worn down last week. Three months of hitting the writing and the reading hard got to me. It was a good exhaustion, though. It wasn’t that I intentionally stopped, either.  No, I stopped because I kept looking at the future. I let doubt creep in. The book became an insurmountable hurdle, and I couldn’t heave myself over it no matter what I did. In short, I let the pressure get to me.

Worse move.

Then I started praying and meditating on it. I started talking to others about my problems. Then, I sought help. I found what I needed from my professor, my friends, a mentor, and especially my Higher Power.

Anytime I take back the reins of my life from my God, it all falls to shit. It’s proven in my life over and over again. Expecting things to happen in the future means taking back those reins, and that’s lethal to me.

One morning, I let it go. I broke down. On my knees I buried my head deep into a chair and let my Higher Power know that I couldn’t handle the pressure. His response was immediate.


My advice to you my friends, is to get out of your own way. If the pressure of finishing a book by a strangling deadline is crushing you, ask God to release the grip. You can’t do it yourself.

It worked for me. In case of fact, I’m about to break 100k words this week, and can finally see the end in sight.

I don’t care what God or Spirit or Energy Force you pray to, or what tradition you call or don’t call your own. The best thing you can do to ensure you keep on writing is the continued maintenance of your spiritual condition. Whatever or whoever does this for you, look to it for strength. Do that, and you’ll be alright.

Be sure to check out my new writing samples from last week. I wish you all a very fine week, and we’ll chat again soon.

Keep on writing. Don’t let any bastard stop you.

You can do it.

You can.

Now, get to work!



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