“After you’ve completed each of the exercises in this chapter [Chapter 2], you’ll have a rough draft of your Writer’s Code. Now you can create a visual sheet of your Code that you’ll put somewhere handy (perhaps inside a notebook, over your desk, or in a closet you open daily) so you can return to it again and again. Think of it as a contract with yourself that you will renew every six months. As you commit or recommit to your writing journey, any of these details may change.
[NAME’S WRITER’S CODE]
On this day, [date], I state to myself that I write because [list values–as many as you like.]
My best writing rhythms are [at your appointed times of day/night and in your optimal conditions.]
I will take the following risks [your goals/risks here], but will never extend beyond my comfort zone.
When I struggle, I will turn to my Creative Support Team: [names].
When you’re done, print it out, put it up where you can see it, and take it seriously.”
Chelsea Clemmons Moye’s Writer’s Code
On this day, 9/25/2015, I state to myself that I write because I must, it keeps me happy, and it helps keep me sane, among other reasons.
My best writing rhythms are in the afternoon, evening, at night, and occasionally in the wee hours of the morning. My optimal conditions are at my desk or in bed, preferably with Lake (my husband) nearby. I work best with quiet or soft music as background noise.
I will take the following risks:
- Try to update Frost once a week.
- Blog once a week.
- Finish updating Frost’s outline.
- Add to BB custom romance framework and send to the client.
- Produce at least 500 words a day, five days a week–no matter which project.
- Reach out to Custom Romances clients.
Although I plan to take risks, I will never extend beyond my comfort zone.
When I struggle, I will turn to my Creative Support Team: Lake, Mandy, Deb Herbert, Jenn, Shelby, Kylee, Dad, Amberli, and Jess White.
Chelsea C. Moye
This exercise is excerpted from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld. The answers are my own.