Today’s Word Count: 200 ~~ Total Word Count:5,920 / 33,000
Goal: 5,000 words per week > Weekly Words
Date:May 5 Publication
These blogs are a day-by-day account
of my writing time, along with method and focus as well as everything that
interferes and distracts from my goal. Sometimes
I will have a lot to say; some days, not
The goal is 1,000 words
per working day, with 5,000 words as the weekly goal. I want to write for 30 straight days, then
Proof Plus for 10, and publish on the 10th day.
How did I arrive at
this daily and weekly word count as my goal?The 4 Bees:
1.Be realistic.Don’t push for what I wish, but for what I can do.
2.Be time-aware.Use writing time wisely.Find
places in the day to achieve the goal.
3.Be devoted.Stick to the one fiction project.Keep focused throughout the day on achieving the daily goal.
4.Be specific.Know what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, why …, and how.
The 4 Bees are
today’s Lesson 1.
Realistic goals are
key.I spent the first three months
burning through three projects.To keep
myself focused on writing rather than fall into a slump, I need to continue
However, burning through creative
projects will quickly burn me out.Since
I’m tackling a third fiction project at the same time that I write these 30
nonfiction blogs, I need to ease up just a little on the fiction side.Instead of pushing for 2500+ words per
writing day, I’m going for 1,000+ wpd.I will achieve more wpd than 1,000, but I’m not counting the wpd for these blogs.
Why did I pick 5,000
words per week?I jumbled up business and
start a project, they need to have very good creative and business reasons.
Creativity are odd companions for writers.We need the first;we thrive on
the second.We have to learn to work
with both together.
If you haven’t yet
done so, you need to create a Business Plan for yourself, projecting from where
you are now to where you want to be five years from now.This is Lesson
the image of where you want your business to be in five years
the niche filled with your writing, the focus that will make your
writing different from other writers of similar stories
concrete goals that prove you are fulfilling your vision
specific methods to help you achieve each concrete goal.
pull out a calendar and start drafting your seasonal, monthly, and
weekly plans that will complete each strategy and goal.
So, what did I do
today?I didn’t plan to write at
all.No fooling, even though it’s April Fool’s Day.
I planned to take off
the day because I only took one day for myself during the entire month of
March.Remember what I said
earlier?Burning through projects can
quickly burn you out.I self-published a
book in January, a second in February, and a third in March.
I ran errands.I cooked.I cleaned.I played some games on
But the work that I’d
accomplished last week called to me, giving me ideas for this upcoming
week.So, in extremely rough form, across
10 index cards, I sketched out several ideas.
This is Lesson 3.If you have several ideas flood over you,
scribble them down.You don’t need to
write them neatly.They just have to be
readable.They don’t even have to be organized.
I know that I wrote
more than 20 words per card, but a conservative estimate of wpd is 200.
That’s what I’m recording.That’s what I’m telling you.With