It is the beginning of a new month which means I need to evaluate how my writing is going and re-establish my writing goals. I had many ups and a few downs this month as I worked through my book. I want to share them with you and I find my excuses becoming shorter but often the complaints are of the same thing- not having enough time and laziness.
The second positive thing is that I beat my word limit that I set up for myself this month which was 11,000. I wrote 14,934 words this month! I am so happy and I enjoyed every moment of it. I had times where the writing just flowed and others where I had to keep persisting because I was a little blocked, but I was always happy with what I had done in the end. The reason why I went over the word limit was because my university schedule was strange and I had a lot of time off. I had a public holiday on the days I went to uni, I had a class or two cancelled and I had a mid-semester break. It is only now at the start of May that uni is getting back into the swing of things.
However, it was also the fact that I had a bit more time on my hands which caused my laziness. Altogether, I had 16 days off writing this month and I broke my number one rule not to go more than two days without writing, twice. It wasn’t that bad, the longest I went was three days without writing. I think the fact that I could write more in one sitting was what made me so lazy. I always thought that I could make up for it later. I find that it is a bad mentality to have, because that later will always get longer and longer. So I will certainly try my hardest to maintain the two day maximum. I know this month I will succeed because I will have more work to do. I am a creature who thrives on stress and when I have free time I loose myself. I need to have a routine and a lot of work to do. It is almost exam time, so I believe that I will fall into an extremely ridged pattern which will help my writing habit.
With my schedule being strange and hectic I found my writing in the mornings was not going well and by that I mean non-existent. I did it a few days in April but mostly stuck to my night time musings. I will try much more this month to write in the mornings once I get myself into a routine once again.
Therefore, my goals for this month are:
- Write every day and if not every day, not more than two days.
- Wake up in the morning and write.
- To keep believing in myself, my characters and their story
I will be putting down my word count because exams are coming soon and I will be studying like mad. I think that 10,000 words will be enough to keep me occupied and still put a dent into the story. This is also a very manageable goal for anyone and I believe that as long as I write something small each day I believe that I will succeed.
If you are willing to give these excel sheets a go you can find them here. I suggest if you live a really hectic life, to start off at a manageable goal of 10,000 and write every day. Just see how you go and if you feel like you can do more, set it higher for the next month. Just remember, the first month is the test run, do not change you goals until the next month comes along. I find these have helped my writing enormously, because I had these I was barely writing and I did not have any way to track my progress. When you have something to motivate you and record your successes you are more inclined to get your story down onto paper.
What are your goals this month? Are they similar to mine or completely different? I want to know what your processes are like and how you go about integrating a writing habit into your life!