writing project decisions
One of the things I try to really tune-in to is what project I should be spending time on. I have a lot of writing projects:
- Professional book, Celebrating Writers, due out later this year from Stenhouse
- YA book
- Choice Literacy articles
- Scrapbook pages, where I like to document stories with photos + words
- Writing to use with students
- Work responsibilities
Recently I added another project to my list of writing projects. I’m not even sure it can be called a project, but it is taking up my 1000 word goal each day. Right now it is simply a collection of thoughts, in a notebook, all circling around the adventures, feelings, process, thoughts, and other randomness about the adoption of our daughters.
A few weeks ago I just knew
this is where my energy is supposed to go. I don’t like putting my YA work on hold. I don’t really like collecting ideas with no direction. I have no idea if this is a project, if it is going to become something more than a notebook of random thoughts. I just know after I wrote my letter to 2012
, I was compelled to write more about my adoption experience.
I’ve said before, I write for fun. It isn’t my livelihood. That doesn’t mean, though, that I’m haphazard about my writing time. If anything, I think I’m more intentional. I know it is limited. So I’m learning to trust and really pay attention. I’m learning sometimes the project I want to work on (YA) isn’t always the project I ought to work on. I’m also learning that as I spend time collecting in my notebook about our adoption, I’m gaining insight into my YA project (the main character was adopted at age 4, just like one of my daughters).
How about you? How do you make decisions about time and your writing life?