My Writing This Week – Incorporating Writing Back Into My Daily Life

my writing this week

Holly crap, you guys! I have been busy and I haven’t posted any blog posts this week. I’ve actually been working on a few “more useful” blog posts, but I didn’t get them finished this week. I’ve also been using my time to write more throughout the week, because I know when I start the MFA Program this summer, I’m going to have to kick that into gear. One of the advantages of a low-residency MFA was pointed out to me this week – I’ll be learning how to incorporate writing into my daily life at home better.

I’ve been taking it really slow, writing about five new pages a week for the last two weeks. That’s more than I usually do, which the last few years has been a page or two a week, maybe. But, that’s NEW pages. If you know me, you know that I tend to spend a lot of time rewriting, and that’s where I think the majority of my writing time goes. Not sure anymore if that’s good or bad. There’s a story I’ve been rewriting since December and I’m thinking about doing one more rewrite of it and then sending it off into a particular contest, but I only have another week or so before that deadline.

I don’t want to stress myself out before I even start the MFA program, so I’m trying not to do too much. I’ve been attending more literary readings lately, mostly virtual. I even attended an open-mic night recently. I didn’t read. I just listened, battled my cat over Zoom, and tried to be present. I also became a member of my local literary arts organization, and have been attending readings and virtual events that they’ve hosted as well.

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a good week. Let me know how it was in the comments. I’ll try to post more next week.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He's the author of the fiction collection, Crushes, and is a literary editor. He also works at a law firm and is writing his second book. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University.


  1. It’s been a chaotic week lol, my work is installing new carpeting throughout the whole building, and we’re all thankful it’s almost done. I finally watched that movie that’s up for a lot of awards, CODA, and because of that movie, I’m gonna try to attempt to learn ASL. Also, as you know, I’m gonna try Discord and hopefully it won’t be a mess lol.

    1. I still need to watch CODA… I took a semester of ASL years ago but never took the second semester. It was pretty hard to get the grammar/face right. I think I ended up with like an 89 – high B in the class.

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