Are you really Doing It Yourself? When I think of a Do It Yourself (DIY) project, I often think of the phrase “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps“. Get the job done. In a writing group, think of yourself as the project.
This should be the most important project that you’re working on.
You need to write in your journal every day. Often, folks say, “I don’t know what to write.” A good way to begin is to set short-term, realistic goals and deadlines. Here’s one method.
Right now, take 20-30 minutes and consider what kind of writing interests you lately. Poetry? Short fiction? Personal essay? No matter what it is, write that form at the top of a page in your journal, then number the left margin, 1 to 7. On each numbered line write a short, achievable goal such as, “Write 100+ words about my job”, or “Write a 2 stanza poem that contains rhymes”. Be sure to write a goal (a prompt) on each line, even if it’s a simple baby step. You can write the same goal for each day, or mix it up if you like. IMPORTANT: be sure that each goal is achievable. After all, if you’re not writing, you’ll never get any writing done; some is better than none!
Start your day with that goal. Get up 15 minutes early and crank it out. It won’t be perfect, but it will be writing.
Put a check mark on your list, then go on with the rest of your day. That check mark will have you walking on air! Next day, do that same thing, first thing in the morning.
After just one week, you will have filled 7 pages with writing. Then, the next time someone asks what you’ve been doing lately, you can say, “I’m writing!”. Stay motivated and get your DIY writing project off the ground. Now is the time. ~TH~