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Word Count and Subscriptions

Word Count and Subscriptions

Magic Necklace by Tabish Alam on FlickrI achieved my goal this week! (And to be clear, weeks in my realm start on Monday and end on Sunday.) Which is to say, I wrote twice this week on my current story. Wednesday’s word count came to 2,500 and Friday’s came to almost 1,600. This is actually on target for NaNoWriMo standards, if I were doing it every day. I consider that to be pretty good, if I do say so myself — what!

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Let’s Get Down to Business

Let’s Get Down to Business

Even as I write this, I have the Mulan song in my head, so I thought it would be a fitting title to a first post.

I’ve decided it’s time to keep a blog about my writing, for several reasons. One reason is to give me an outlet to complain about (and avoid) writing my stories, I’ll admit it.

But another reason is to keep myself on track, to look at my goals and my accomplishments, and to get serious about writing more frequently, on a more consistent schedule. My current goal is to write twice a week, preferably on Sunday and then either on Tuesday or Thursday.

Goal Setting

Goal Setting by angietorres | Flickr

Starting with the winter solstice, or the New Year in some traditions, I want to increase that to three times a week, then set up some goals for the New Year to increase to four times a week. I’m not going to set word-count goals because I don’t think they’re all that helpful, at least not at the present point in my writing career. Especially since a lot of what I’m doing isn’t writing, but researching, record-keeping, and revising. Eventually, I want to be working (almost) every day.

As with many things in life, to become something you must start adopting the habits of your goal. To become a manager, you should start dressing like a manager. To become a writer, you should start writing like one. That’s what I intend to do.

Suggested Listening: The crew at Writing Excuses talk about The Business of Writing.