Just Keep Writing
Today’s goal is to be like Dori in Finding Nemo. Today’s goal is to be like Dori in Finding Nemo. You want to forget that you worked REAL hard yesterday and wrote half your wordcount goal for the week. You want to forget that your worked NOT AT ALL and didn’t write anything because you were cleaning out your garage. That productivity is almost as scary as that blank page so remember: “Just keep writing, just keep writing”.
If you’re aiming for a novel this week you should be at 14,000 words by midnight tonight. If you’re shooting for Novella you should finish the night at 6,000 words. And if you’re only aiming for a short story you should be hitting 1,600 words tonight. If you got a jump on things and have much more than your goal, good for you, organize for a tomorrow, get a few words written, and enjoy a nice warm beverage and get some sleep. If you’re like me and you missed your goal for the day by a country mile, well, buckle down with a nice warm highly caffeinated beverage and get writing slacker!.
FYI: If you’re aiming for a short story level this week you’re still only going for about half the recommended number of words a day that Stephen King says you should be shooting for day in day out every writing day of the year. After you’ve written your short story this week, and gotten into a groove of 800 words a day, try and keep it up for another week, and then another. The biggest problem most writers have with finishing a story is keeping their butt in the chair. This week you’re going a LONG way towards building the good writing habits that will keep you writing.
If you want a good 20 minute pep-talk and reminder of how you’re procrastinating, check out the “I should be writing” podcast #10, Mur has great reminders of how you’re procrastinating is killing your writing, and Wordtrip’s Novel Writing Week gets a mention too :-D.