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  • January 12th, 2011 | 5:10 PM
Planning My Writing Time

Usually by this time of the year I am going crazy with preparations for a teacher assignment at an at-risk detention facility. For whatever reason, I didn't get an assignment this year. I'll admit to feeling a little bit down for a day when I realized the time for assignments had gone but now I realize that it was likely the Universe telling me it was time to just knuckle down and finish some writing projects of my own. When I teach, I find it hard to write much of anything except my daily teaching reports. Teaching is exhausting. Teaching poetry to incarcerated young men is VERY exhausting.

So I'm listening to the Universe and trying to focus, instead, on SS which is a YA verse novel inspired by last year's Poetry Month poems about my father. I've never been one of those people who thought much about how many words I got down each day. NaNoWrimo never worked worked for me. And except for deadlines that come when I am writing on assignment, I've never tried to get a certain project done by a certain day. Which probably explains why a lot of my novels are waiting to be finished.

But the last two years for National Poetry Month I committed to writing a poem a day, every day, on a certain topic. And I did it, without fail.

So I'm setting myself a new goal - I want to have a ROUGH draft of SS done by the end of March, before National Poetry Month begins. I'm rounding out the time left between then and now to 75 days. (actual number is 78) I'm not counting what I already have done but if I did 2 pages a day, that would give 150, 3 pages a day would be 225. Since this is in verse, I'm setting it at 2 poems a day. Some fit one one page, some will run longer. Now no one knows how long a book is going to be and I'm not going to worry about the specifics. I'm just going to try for 2 poems a day.

Now I don't think that means the book will be done by the of March but I can't revise until I have something to work with so that's the goal. One rough draft of SS by March 31st.

Wish me luck.
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January 13th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I'll wish you luck only because you asked for it - but I don't think you need luck. You can do this! I believe in you. xoxox
January 13th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, I need all the luck I can get! Since I won't be posting these every day, there's that accountability issue that's missing for me.
January 13th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful plan. Good luck!! You can do it!
January 13th, 2011 09:41 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful goal! :)
January 13th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
No luck necessary. You can do it if you let yourself and life doesn't explode. You might even find that it saves you if life does explode. Go Susan!
January 13th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I love this plan. Working toward the month when you have a history of flow. I know you can do this!
January 14th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wonderful plan. Your poem-a-day projects have left me in awe, so I have great faith that you can do this! Bon voyage, and good luck!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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