Did the title catch your attention? I hope so.
Are any of you putting anything on the page just to reach the word count goal you've made for the New Year?
How many of you have met the goals you wrote down so far?
Good on you if you’ve stayed on task. Me…hell no. I’m not alone I know it.
At this point writing this blog post is good.
When you have physical issues, it makes it difficult to gauge just how much you can accomplish. I’m aggravated I haven’t done what I need to do. Being bedridden and so fog-brained I can’t think does put a cramp on the writing. Talk about crap-on-the-page.
So, I’m sitting here trying to figure out a way to inch my way toward my goal.
Slow progress is better than none at all.
Healthy people can be cruel and judgmental.
I’m a vegetarian, I exercise and my weight is heading to the goal I’ve set. I feel better but having fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue means the weather plays a big factor in what I can and can’t do. Be nice to yourself if you have health problems. You don’t need the extra stress.
I recently went to a presentation by romance author, Jessica Trapp. She spoke about the 100 words a day program. If you can just put 100 words a day down it’s enough to keep your mind focused on the story. Some days you’ll write more than 100 and that’s fantastic, but on other days 100 is the best a writer can manage. Thank you, Jessica for reminding me about the 100 words!
Whipping out eight or twenty pages is wonderful but in the real world, it isn’t always viable. Yes, I’m still a professional despite the fact my word count is all over the place. In my years as a writer I've heard others indicate that the amount of pages you produce in a day indicates how serious you are about the craft of writing.
Yes, I agree we should all be writing everyday and marketing ourselves and our work.
Who is the farking psycho that started that crap anyway?
Writers write. Procrastination is a whole 'nother post which I'll probably tackle soon.
Try to do at least one thing a day to propel you toward your writing goals and dreams. Adjust when you need to but never, ever give up.
This is not a whiny/whinging blog post but one to remind writers and anyone who lives with a writer, we all can’t write/plot/whatever at the same speed. We all do our best in reaching the writing goals we’ve set.
Make smaller, short-term goals if you need to. The bright goals you made for 2011 can still be done. Maybe refocus on what you really want to accomplish and use your limited energy for that specific task.
Remember if you do have crap-on-the-page you can edit and polish it into something extraordinary.
Whatever you do, make this your best writing year ever!
Hugs to all,
P.S. Please pray for our friends in Australia. If you can help, please do so!