Writing is a lot like exercise. Who am I kidding, it’s EXACTLY like exercise (except I’m FAR more likely to write than work out). During the month of July I’ve written every day, with July 4 being my only day off. That is the most regular I’ve written since before I gave birth, almost 3 years ago. Over the past couple months, I’d started writing again, but it was irregular and the words weren’t always coming. Lately, though, three things happened.
First, I found a project with a deadline. Deadlines are ALWAYS good for me. That’s why I love work-for-hire projects so much and why I ended up with three degrees in writing: I blossom under a deadline. Self-imposed doesn’t work, but give me something that someone ELSE gave me (someone in the writing world; alas, my husband or friends or family won’t work!), and I will meet it.
Second, I found not just one, not two, but THREE projects to work on! Only one has a deadline, so that’s getting my full attention, but for a few days, I was actually working on three books at once. That wasn’t nearly as confusing as it could be, especially since all of them were very different. I actually found it refreshing: if I got stuck on one, I’d just flip to another one, write a bit on that, and then switch to yet another once I got stuck, and then keep bouncing around. I doubt that would be a good process for me all the time, but for a few days it was fun.
Third, I committed myself to writing EVERY day. 100 word minimum. Hard on some days, but I seem to be able to count on getting a bit of writing time every evening, either after hubby gets home and can watch the Wyrmling, or just after Wyrmling goes to sleep. Many people swear by writing first thing in the morning, but that does NOT work for me. Never has. I’m finding that the more I write every day, the easier the words come. I’ve set a 100 word min, but, as you can see by my writing spreadsheet below, I exceed that almost every day by more than double. I scheduled out the deadline project to write 100 words every day so I’d be finished by Oct 1 (which would give me time to revise), but, as you can see by the numbers, I’m currently at 2,347 words and min goal by this date was 800. Whoohoo!
Not sure how long I’ll be able to keep this up, but it’s working for now!
|Date||Beginning Word Count||Ending Word Count||Words for Day||Goal||Worked On|
|07/02/13||0||810||810||100||Notes, Chapter 1|
Daily steps turn into habit – and this seems like a good habit to have!