As discussed on my soon to publish podcast and on the Kindle Chronicles podcast, I am holding myself to some new writing goals. When I wake up, I go immediately to the keyboard and write for 30 minutes with the goal of getting 281 words of first draft fiction written a day, every day. This doesn’t count blogging or any of the other words I type in a day, only potentially publishable fiction.
If you multiply this out, I’m shooting for 2,000 words a week. If I can do this each and every week, that’s a novel or a novel equivalent every year. The goals are so modest as to be trivial and thus far have been quite achievable.
I only started this on Thursday, so I have three days under my belt. Those have been 386, 551, and 570 so I have just over 1500 on the week, even with the week having a three day head start on me. For any week I fall short of the 2,000 words I will spend my Sunday evening making them up but it looks like that might not be common. Here’s hoping.
I think as part of my public accountability/working in public, each Sunday evening I will post here what the weekly word count was coming into the evening and whether or not I have makeup work to do. Maybe no one cares that much, but holding myself to account helps keep it all working. Here we go!
8 thoughts on “New Writing Goals”
281words? Why the odd number? Just curious…
As I state a few sentences later “If you multiply this out, I’m shooting for 2,000 words a week. “
Oh, duh. I blame superficial phone reading. At least I got “281.” 🙂
No problems. The words are flowing pretty well right now. We will see what happens when I outrun the stories I’ve been thinking about for years.
I care. You GO. Hugs
Thank you, dear. There have been really long interruptions (like decades) but this was never something I didn’t want to do, just something I wasn’t doing. I need to bridge that gap – always smaller than it seems – from desire to action.
Well, good luck with it! (Okay, not much luck involved. “Good resolve to you.”)
I like “Good resolve.” Of course week 1 is easy, week 1 of anything is easy. You’ve got all the enthusiasm and endorphins. It’s week 17 and week 41 you have to worry about.