Hello Inspired Writers!
I want to give you an update on how my progress using the excel spreadsheets has gone this month. Keep in mind I only started using them on the 8th of March this year. I am actually really proud of myself! I didn’t go over two days without writing and I stuck to it the entire time. I have progressed to the April sheet and I feel like I am going well so far. I have uploaded a copy of my spread sheet further below so you can see how I did and pay particular attention to the comments on the side. What I did in the comments was put my excuses for why I didn’t write more - they are just plain weird and unconvincing!
I feel that this 10,000 word progress is perfectly fine, you don’t need to write every day to be a “writer”. As long as you write a little bit here and there you will make it. You just have to put in the time and be dedicated. No one will tell a story the way you do and even if it takes years, no one will care in the end when your words bring people joy. All who say otherwise are just douche bags. I have heard people bag out other writers because it took them a year or two to write their novel. All I have to say is that at least they finished it. How many people could say that they did that? There are many more individuals all over the world who have the beginnings of a book (or a dozen) on their computer which will never be completed.
I actually hit a few different targets in my writing! I know I never would have got this far in my book if I didn’t use those excel sheets. I actually didn’t realise that I finished two of my pivotal plot points until the next day when I went to write the next scene! I am so proud of myself! I have been looking at my inspiration board (Click to see post) and checking off the scenes as I go. These particular ones, I have just checked off I have been looking at them for a really long time, pining for the day I get to check them off. Now I have! I want to squeal! EEK!
It has really helped me stay motivated, more than I thought it would. I was writing almost every day and in my hectic lifestyle, this is a big achievement. Seeing my word count change from day to day and watching the level of words remaining to hit my target decreasing had me excited to continue. I also didn’t like seeing that empty box where my word count should have been, nor my endless list of the same excuses in the comment sections, as I knew my not writing that day was my fault.
Now to my excuses! You might be wondering why on earth did I put that in my excel sheet. Well, I wanted to see what I did each day which may adversely affected my writing. Each day I wrote it and then reflected on it the subsequent day when I added my word count and its appropriate comments. I wanted to see if I could spot a pattern and therefore, starting April change it to see if my word count improves.
What I noticed was that I was staying up to write my chapters until almost 3 am each day and waking up to go to university or work early. It got so bad that this week I really had no idea what I was doing, I had no clue what day it was or what time it was. I went to my class on Thursday, I couldn’t find any parking and I had forgotten my wallet at home (45 minute drive away). I rushed to the room to find it was dark, I assumed it was cancelled or something and left uni to go have lunch elsewhere. I met my partner to eat and he looked at me confused, then to his watch and said that my class started in 5 minutes. I told him it was ridiculous, that the class (had it been on) had already finished. He corrected me again and I went to verify the time on my phone to find he was correct and that I was an hour ahead. This week I have lost a total of one wallet (four times), my blush (still not found), three hair ties (never will be found), my partners work id card (now I’m in trouble), my iPad charger (found), my dignity and mind (50/50 chance of regaining these), along with other things I have probably forgot that I have lost or haven’t realised yet.
Therefore, I have decided to go to bed no later than 12:30 am and to write when I wake up in the morning for an hour each day. Hopefully, this will help my sleep deprivation symptoms and my writing. So far, so good, I have 8,925 words to go since the month began.
Hopefully, this will give you incentive to download the excel sheets (Click to see post) and start progressing in your writing. I suggest taking the first month as the test drive and noting down your excuses, review them at the end of the month along with the number of days you did not write and if you met your target. If you see a pattern which has hindered your writing progress change up your strategy for the following month and adjust your monthly word count target.
From now on I will be posting up my monthly wrap up to tell you how I am progressing! Thank you all for reading my blog, your support means absolutely everything to me. I hope that my writing tips and blathering on of my own experiences help you in some way. If they do I would really like for you to leave a comment so I can see the impact I am having and how I could expand this service to you!
Please take a look at my poster below for my most used and abused excuses for March! I wonder if they look anything like yours?