This week on the Five Minute Friday Link-up we are focused on PROGRESS in the writing journey. Rarely do I stay within the five-minute timeframe for this one, but I’ll try today.

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I find it challenging to write daily toward a goal, like word count or time, for example. No matter how I try to arrange my schedule, it often goes awry, so when I do get time, I tend to cram as much into the minutes as possible. Rushing leads to errors and revisions after publishing. I’m a Quality Assurance professional, so posting with errors bothers me.

While waiting for the one-word prompt, writing, and posting is the object of this weekly challenge, I don’t think that’s the way it’s supposed to work in the writing life. Short snippets of time can be glorious, but I don’t want it to be my norm. It’s time to make progress by changing my pattern or just developing a good one.

Books aren’t usually written in one sitting, after all.

Using my approach is too hard and it isn’t effective in producing a quality product, so here’s what I’m doing to change:

  • It took a few days to complete a longer format post using the FMF prompt RESPECT, from last week, where I stepped outside of my comfort zone but stayed in my lane. You can read it here.
  • I wrote two installments of what is turning out to be another multi-part series. This one is on embracing the role of caregiver, and how I resisted that role until I realized I was one.
  • I started collecting quotes and ideas for future stories.
  • Started using CoSchedule Headline Analyzer and, guess what, I’m writing better headlines.
  • I upgraded to premium Grammarly after using the free version for about a year.
  • Joined Hope Writers and a writing group made up of faithful encouragers in the journey.
  • I am viewing my blogging as a ministry (1 Thess 5:11) because it really isn’t all about me.
  • Ever so slowly, I’m learning how to work in WordPress to make changes to my website until the day when my blog can support itself, and I can hire a web designer.
  • Learning about SEO, and it is becoming less of a mystery.
  • Finally, there is my loose writing calendar. I’m learning not to beat myself up when I don’t stick to it for one reason or another. Something is better than nothing.

All of that IS progress. Yay! This was an opportunity to take an inventory of sorts. I see how I could benefit from our host’s wordcount tracking tool to make even more.

Thanks, Kate Motaung and the FMF community, for being there every week. You are generous, kind, and great teachers.

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