Day 82 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Outlining – A Long Walk

You know what’s funny? It’s easier for me to take a long walk than a short one. The main hurdle with me finishing a task is getting started. When it comes to walking that means getting in the car and heading to the park. Whether I’m walking at the park for 20 minutes or an hour, that initial step of getting in the car and cranking the ignition is what determines success.

When I’m on the walking path, however, I’ve noticed a big difference in my long walks versus my short walks. If I tell myself, I only have to walk 20 minutes, I’m glancing at my watch it seems like every second, waiting for it to be over.

For my long walks, and for those I mean like over an hour, I know that there’s no point in looking at my watch. My session isn’t going to end any time soon. I have my water. I have my energy gel. The only thing I need to do is to just keep walking and I’ll be fine.

Part of it has to do with inertia. Everything gets easier after 20 minutes, that’s with walking and with writing. I remember asking one time on a forum if anyone did like warm-up writing. As I’ve stated before, these blog posts are my writing warm ups. Right now my process is to write them in the morning as warm up sessions and then, after I log off from work, I review them and then post them.

Cycling while writing stories is another sort of warm-up that has greatly benefited me. I’ll go back and read what I’ve written the day before, filling out my outline and notes and it brings me back to the same thinking space of the story. By the way, no one said that they warmed up. I asked because artists do warm up sketches.

It’s strange that while telling myself I only have to do let’s say write or walk for 10 minutes will get me past inertia, the reality is that having a huge chunk of time available to work on a project makes things easier. The writing or moving 10 minutes at a time in different chunks means you have to make that decision throughout the day. I would argue that it’s more impressive for the writer who has to snatch 10-minute sessions because of life commitments than the one who has the luxury like I currently do of having 1.5 hour writing sessions.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 82, – 3/22/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

145,750 / 165,968 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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