Butt in Chair vs Waiting for the Muse

Are you a writer who believes that you should write each and every day? Or do you write only when the mood/muse strikes you?

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I have to admit that I hate rigid rules like BIC – Butt in Chair. This is the idea that you put your butt in the chair and stay there even if the words don’t flow. Take up that writing posture each and every day and the words will eventually flow.

But I also know that writing only when I feel like writing probably would not be very productive. Writing is hard work!

So I signed up for NaNoWriMo knowing that I would not manage 50,000 words in one month. I don’t even need that many. At most it will take 25,000 words to finish a draft of my novel. But I signed up with the goal of finishing that first draft.

I am writing this on Monday evening. At this point I have written 9 days in a row. My goal for this time period was to write 835 words a day. That means that I should have a total of 7,515 words. I have 7,939 words.

That may not sound all that amazing but in this time I have also redesigned my web site (take a look around), planted a tree, and been standing driver for a friend who just had surgery. Given COVID, no one but the patient is wanted inside. So I drive her to the surgery center and go home. Then they call me an hour early and I go get her and drive her home. And then the next day she has a follow up…

It is shocking how little time has been spent here in my office. Some days not much writing happens. I think my “lowest” day is about 400 words. But other days, the writing flows. My best day is 1126. At this rate I will definitely have a draft done by the end of the month!

Butt in chair is definitely the way to go!