Writing Commitment: Lookback

Making a Commitment to Writing Every Day

If you’re a writer, you know how easy it is to get sidetracked or simply lose motivation. One way to stay on track and improve your craft is to make a commitment to writing every day. Whether you’re working on a mystery novel or just jotting down ideas for future projects, setting aside time each day to write can help you make steady progress and stay inspired.

One of the biggest benefits of writing every day is that it allows you to fully immerse yourself in your characters and plot. When you write regularly, you have the opportunity to really get to know your characters and understand their motivations and desires. This can help you bring them to life on the page and create a more compelling story.

In addition to helping you develop your characters and plot, writing every day can also help you hone your skills and find your voice as a writer. The more you write, the more comfortable you’ll become with the writing process and the more confident you’ll feel in your ability to tell a great story.

So how can you make a commitment to writing every day? Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Set aside a specific time each day to write. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or just before bed, find a time that works best for you and stick to it.
  2. Create a dedicated writing space. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – just a quiet, distraction-free place where you can focus on your writing.
  3. Set achievable goals. Don’t try to write a whole mystery novel in one day! Instead, set smaller goals for yourself, such as writing a certain number of words or pages each day.
  4. Find accountability. Consider joining a writing group or finding a writing partner to help keep you on track.

By making a commitment to writing every day, you’ll be well on your way to completing that mystery novel and becoming a more skilled and confident writer. Happy writing!

Week 4 – The Ups and Downs

Day 21 – It didn’t happen. Character frozen in my mind picking up storm debris. 

wood axe leaning against a branch on the ground

Day 22- Compassion for survivors. A new complication.

sample murder book organization

Day 23 – First steps toward dealing with the complication. Villains have complications, too.

gilding a wooden frame

Day 24 – Villain scene. It’s not doing what I want it to do. Struggle.

stone fireplace similar to the one in the villain cabin

Day 25  and Day 26 – Shingles vaccination fatigue and fog. No writing. 

sample text from novel

Day 27 – Procedures internal investigation.

Spencer Tracy: Sergeant Moore

Day 28 – FBI Counter Intelligence is not forthcoming. 


Day 29 – Regroup plans after bad news. 

home in the Sonoma hills for the novel protagonist

Day 30 – The new plan. Back to the second murder.

older woman with demntia

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