That Is What I Called This…

I’m the “old dog.” I am moving from writing late at night for the first 40 years of my fiction writing career to now writing in the morning (with some sessions later in the day or evening) for the next forty years.

My goal now is to walk out of the condo every morning, go to a buffet about a mile away (to get steps), and write at least a thousand words before leaving.

I started a Cold Poker Gang novel with new characters and I have been managing (except for one morning) to get out and set the routine. Yesterday I got out, but I was too late and ended up in a lunch crowd and not writing. (Got some words done last night. Learned the lesson on timing.)

But today worked as I hope it will work regularly as I am now comfortable with the routine.

I stayed up last night until about 2 am, getting a short 500 word session in after burning out my brain on email. Then I got up at 10 am this morning, and after a shower and a piece of banana, I walked the mile to the buffet. Was there just slightly after 11 am and got a great table.

In the next two hours I wrote just over 2,100 words and tonight I got another 300.  And I hit 13,000 steps (6.5 miles)

So the new schedule is working. So far. I have to get it solidly in my habits, which will take time, but I am excited that it is actually working. And it feels like I am celebrating the advantage of living here in Las Vegas as well.

So just under 9,000 words so far on the book and gaining speed. I’d like to get this finished ahead of my deadline, so stay tuned.