Getting my write on

There've been some recent changes in the direction of my writing career, the details of which I'll share at a later date. I took a close look at my writing habits and decided I've been entirely too lazy when it comes to my writing. I've been terribly late with the manuscripts for my last two books. It's time to step it up, especially if I want to get my next Bunderful Books novel, The Heat of Heat, available for sale by November.

My new goal is simple: 1000 new words per day, at least 5 days per week (anything extra is gravy). Now, 5000 words per week will mean 16 weeks for an 80,000-word manuscript, 20 weeks for a 100,000-word manuscript, so I'm hardly talking Zoom City here. But, considering that this is a new manuscript and I'm simultaneously doing edits and rewrites for The Heat of Heat (which don't count as new words, even if there are plenty of them involved in the process), I've been very pleased with my progress. And I'm noticing that while 1000 words is my self-imposed minimum, I frequently do more than that (yesterday I did 1945). So, just two weeks in, it seems to be working pretty well.

Keep an eye on my progress meters. I'll have one for every project I write on.


PatriciaW said...

Kind of like my 30-day Exercise challenge. I used that to jumpstart my move toward fitness and now I find it impossible to go more than 2 days without exercising. It's become part of my psyche.

Writing is my next frontier for shaking things up. Congrats on your progress, Bettye. Keep it going!

bettye griffin said...

Thanks, Patricia, and the same to you with your weight loss goals. That's going to be next for me!