Writing Goals & Writing Practice

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As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’ve been maintaining a writing practice that consists of beginning writing around 10:00 am every morning, which I’ve been doing for 3 weeks. and going for at least an hour. There are several things that I’m working on:

  • going through many stories I started 5 years ago and that I completely forgot about, in order to see if I can salvage anything;
  • tinkering with some of the writing assignments from the writing class I just took;
  • a short story called “Empty Nest,” which is close to being finished (actually it is finished but it has a “safe” ending, according to my writing coach, that doesn’t really make readers think);
  • sending said story out for publication in May/June.

There are actually 2 (that I can think of) stories that have “safe’ endings and need just a little more revision. I’ve stalled working on both. It’s not that I’m afraid to submit my work to literary journals once they’re finished; it’s…I don’t know what it is. I’ll have to think about it.

I’d also like to maintain my blog on a regular basis instead of disappearing for 3 or more months at a time! Whether this means writing every day, every week, or every month, but I’m not going to pressure myself into writing every day. I’ve run out of ideas to write about, which is part of the reason for my blogging hiatus.

I couldn’t write about depression because I wasn’t depressed. I guess you don’t have to be depressed to write about depression, but the object of my blog was to chronicle my battle with bipolar. Now I think my blog focus is living with bipolar because obviously, the disease isn’t going anywhere and I still have to manage it.


Do you have plans for your blog (if you have one)? Do you have a writing practice? What are you working on?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

6 thoughts on “Writing Goals & Writing Practice

  1. I also have a tendency to stall out on certain writing projects. Strangely enough, it tends to be the more important things that stall more, whereas things I don’t care about as much I can finish more easily.

    1. I know what you mean. Maybe getting stalled on something means it’s that much more difficult to get through than something easy peasy.

  2. I think I more or less chronicle living with the illness… Meaning, my series “Working on Me” or even “Mindfulness Monday” – I also branch out and write poetry, haiku, and the quotes, because it’s my way of staying level and keeping busy. If it weren’t for all the little extras that I write, I know I would be setting myself up for a depressive episode. I can’t allow that to consume me. Although, I am fighting that now. LOL!
    Great post, Barb! 😊

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