>I have a goal
I have nowhere to go today so, of course, the weather is perfectly clear outside. Isn’t that the way of things? I mean, you make plans for weeks in advance, and the day of the event you can’t go because ‘Mother Nature’ decides to play a trick on you and muck up the weather.
It’s not just the weather outside I have to contend with, however. It’s the weather inside. Inside my house, inside my head. Unfortunately, I can’t blame Mother Nature for these ‘natural disasters’ because more often, than not, they are of my own making. I am speaking of self discipline and writing, of course. My dad had a plaque once that read “I love work. I can sit and look at it for hours”…that’s me on a bad discipline writing day. I can read anything and everything in the house and not get tired of reading. But when it comes to writing I just stare at the previously written words, read them over and over, for hours without adding a single word more. It’s downright irritating when this happens because I can’t very well call myself a writer if I don’t write!
I am proud to report that, though I didn’t exactly shut off the Internet yesterday, I finished chapter four (and, though its words not written as yet, I have a beginning for chapter five planned)! That adds up to 1639 words- or just under 7 pages- of hard earned progress. Not my best work for one day, granted, but it equals 5 1/2 days worth of writing at 300 words per day! Okay- now to confess- I am NOT a mathmatician by any stretch of the word (obviously, since I can’t even spell it), so my numbers may not be exact in words per day, pages, or all those factors. I wrote that many words consecutively, but my over all word count for the day was actually 1897, which includes a few additions and changes here, and there throughout; minor edits to what I’ve already had critted.
So- I’m off to try to beat yesterday’s word count and get to chapter six today, maybe even chapter seven if all goes well. I need to finish this book before the contest ends! (Remember I entered my first contest with the first 10 pages of this story.) That gives me a little over 6 weeks to write and begin edits before the third week of April to reach my goal. To help me, I’m working on getting a word meter put in here so you can all kick me when I start to slack again.
In the mean time, feel free to check out some of the web sites, and blogs I have listed in the sidebar. Or, if you have any favorites you’d like to share- I’m always looking and adding, so I’ll check them out.
Posted on 02/21/2010, in Goals. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
>Good luck Melinda. I need to reset mine and stick with it no matter what.
>I know what you mean about discipline – I have a lack of it lately. Deadlines are good – I plan to set one tonight and stick to it no matter what!
>Progress is good. Even if it's two words to fix something I don't like. Good job and strive for more next time! Too cold to walk here right now at 20 degrees. I read or watch a program or nap. lol
>Hey! Any progress is good progress, right? I know how you feel because I didn't write more than two pages this weekend and I wanted to finish Chapter 6 so Monday is a heavy load if I want to stay on target. My deadline is March 31st!On writer's slump (I refuse to call it a block when I'm just not motivated!) I take the dog for a walk. Once around the pond to view the egrets and try and spy our resident blue heron and my mind is cleared, at least momentarily. Good Luck!