I have noticed that on a multitude of blogs, the authors post entries about how many words they have written that day, the status of a particular project (there are even widgets designed specifically for this purpose!) and I have sort of read those entries and just said, “Okay. Gee, thanks for sharing.” But, I have to admit that I get it now!
I am probably the most inconsistent writer there is. I always was. In high school – somewhat, in college – definitely, and I would write when I was on the bus, walking on campus, when I was at work, or during calculus class when I should have been trying to understand the math! I couldn’t help it – I didn’t have a routine and just wrote when the ideas came to me. I’d stay up all night and work on a paper or story if I had to, but it all seemed worth it because the end product was usually pretty good. I still write my papers and stories in that way now. When I have an idea, I jot it down and the next time I have an idea, I jot it down and before I know it, the project is finished.
Well, I am going to try to take the advice I have been given (by many) and commit to a word count each day. Now, I have to be completely honest here because the word count is going to be divided among the major pieces that I have in the works. The first piece is of course my thesis, the second is a novel, and the third is going to be whatever else comes along. This may sound disorganized to you, but believe me it is much more structured than I have ever been.
So, my pledge is to write 1,000 words each day. (Productive, substantial words that I feel good about.) I think the the pledge is important because our attention spans are diminishing these days, we are all over-booked, and required daily to multi-task more than ever. This commitment will hopefully be exactly what I need to accomplish everything that I plan to in the next year with regards to my writing.
Wish me luck and let me know if you have made similar writing commitments or pledges to yourself. Has one worked better than another for you? Am I being too easy on myself or is 1,000 words a good number? Be honest!
PS…Blog entries don’t count!