This week, my writing practice has tanked.  Like toilet tank tanked.  I have blogged, but I have barely put other words to the page or even thought to the project.  It’s just been that week.

Laki lava and moss from Flickr via Wylio

© 2013 Matt, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

But next week will probably be “that week” again, and I know what I need to do. I need to plan better, to carve out specific times when I will write NO MATTER WHAT.

Because here’s what I know about myself . . . if I don’t write one day, then it’s less likely I’ll write the next day, and then the week goes by writingless, and so it’s easier to go without the next week, too.  And before I’m even aware, it’s been a month since I put down words.

And we all know that maxim about rolling stones and moss. . . when my words sit still for too long, they get mossy, which means they are more slippery and hard to grab.  It takes even more work to get back to them, which of course means I’m likely to put them off – or let other things go ahead of them in the line of stoness.

That’s why I need to plan – to keep that stone rolling.  So here’s my plan for next week.  I will write 500 words a day Monday-Friday next week.  Those words may be in my journal, maybe on my WIP, maybe on napkins that I scribble on when anxiety wakes me at 2am.  But I will write 500 words.  Period.  No matter what.

So that’s my challenge for you today.  What writing task will you commit to for next week no matter what life throws at you?  What will you do to put a shoulder to that stone and keep it rolling?