Photo by Tracy S. Williams

Well, I’m creating the written variety.

Since Jan. 2, I’ve been getting up early, walking down the hall and sitting at my desk. How is this different than my Jan. 1 routine? I’m not reading news sites, commenting on blogs or checking the weather — out the window or on an app. I’m putting “butt in chair,” opening a Word file and writing.
One of my 2012 goals is to write five pages a day, five days a week. 
I won’t bore you with the details every week, but for my first week — it worked! I have 25 pages or around 6,500 words. 
I came up with this routine after reading Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project:  A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life. I found this book through  Jeff Goins blog when he interviewed Smith. I checked out her website and purchased her book for the Kindle to read over Christmas. 
After extracting the Kindle from Hubby’s Angry Birds-playing-hands, I finished reading Smith’s book before New Year’s Eve. She shares wonderful stories to illustrate her points on writing memoir whether it’s a book for publication, an essay or a treasured family memory. 
Several points in Smith’s book struck me as doable for my memoir-in-progress manuscript:
  • Start small
  • Write with intent
  • A punch list for a memoir project
Here’s a video from Smith’s website:
“The Memoir Project” from Marion Roach Smith on Vimeo.

Here are some recent posts on her site:

By the time I read Smith’s book, I already decided this would be the year for a completed MIP draft. Her book gave me a nudge to make sure it happens in five pages a day. 
Are you trying a new writing method this year or want to share what works for you?