Challenge,  On Writing

Just a Day

A Couple People Asked…

Since I used to detail out my days a lot here, and at some point in the future, I might do it again for a special project or something, and a few people have asked why I don’t do that now, I’ll show you today, a fairly normal day at the moment.

Managed to be up and moving around 10 am, did some email and business until around noon, then wrote about 1,500 words in two short sessions. (Working on a new Cold Poker Gang novel called Ring Game. The one I just finished will be to the challenge followers in a week or so.)

Kris and I walked to lunch, about 5,000 steps round trip for me.

I worked on some final blurbs and such for flyers we are doing for the Licensing Expo the first of June, then around 4 pm headed for the gym to walk/run.

I did another three miles (about six thousand steps) mostly walking, some running, then hit the grocery store on the way home.

Dinner and back to work on workshop stuff, then a nap, then did some more workshops stuff and reading challenge stories, then watched some television with Kris.

Then around midnight back in here to finish up workshop stuff and read some more challenge stories. (Having a blast with those, even though I got a little behind this week. I wish more people would have signed up for the challenge, actually. Still room and you can start at any time.)

Most nights I would write some more after midnight, since the workshop stuff and challenge stuff is very, very light this time of the year. But working on the Licensing Expo stuff and visitors last week got me behind, so no writing tonight.

And that is a day. Busy, fun, doing lots of things.





  • Gai

    Hey thanks for detailing your day. I, for one, love this kind of thing.
    Do you still write at the buffet, or are you writing mostly at home?

    I’m so close to signing up for the short story challenge but I’m concerned that I’ll buy it and just sit frozen in fear of sending you that first story and never get the ball rolling. (Or at the very least, be tempted to “polish” that first story.)
    My critical voice is a big, healthy fellow.

    • dwsmith


      Doing both in my office and at the buffet. But honestly going toward more in my office as I figure the walk to the buffet during the summer will be too much in the heat.

      And remember, the challenge is a no-lose situation. You get two workshops out of it no matter what, or $600 toward something in the workshop world we do. So the challenge is just a sort of stop along the way. (grin) And I am not scary. I read as a reader and either like a story or it doesn’t work for me, no big deal either way.

      So might not be a bad idea to use the challenge to break a few of these fears. You are going to need to break the critical voice anyway if you want to keep going with writing. It’s job is to stop you and if you let it win, the writing goes away, sadly. So somewhere along the way you need to break that stranglehold the critical voice has on you and just write for fun. Not easy, but very possible to do.