I’ve never been good at New Year resolutions. The enthusiasm quickly fades in January and I’m often left with a profound To Do list that accidently meets a violent fate: the trash. But for me, there’s always been something magical about summer. It’s a place where anything can happen. Where the world of your dreams comes to rest and play.
My summer resolution was to write a novel after years of short stories and poetry. I did write two novella’s which, looking back at how much I have evolved since then, were nothing short of a great exercise in longevity of a story. After learning more and reading more and writing more, I knew I was ready to take the plunge. Write a book.
In May, I wrote a killer first chapter and then…nothing. Family events and my own procrastination steered me clear of my desk that month. Finally in mid June, I realized like so many others, I don’t thrive in a relaxed atmosphere. I must have deadlines to get any work done.
The hardest thing about writing is being your own boss. I have to be a hard ass on myself and I must say, I can be very persuasive when I want to be. I had to give myself a target, a mission if you will of words I need to hit each day, five days a week. No matter what I sit down and do it. The target: 2,000 words. Of course that goal can be easier said than done which brings me to
My Writer Tip of the Day:
*Stick a post-it to your desk top so it covers up the word count at the bottom of your word document. This is similar to working and covering the console with a towel. Before you know it, you’ve been huffing and puffing for thirty minutes. The same goes for writing. If I can get into the zone of my book without peeking, I can write much more than when I’m staring at the screen and saying, “That was only 200 words?!”
As for my novel? When I started out, I couldn’t help but feel daunted by the task at hand. So I stopped thinking about it and celebrated every milestone: 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 and yes this week I hit 40,000 words! The more I write the more I fall in love with main character and feel she’s part of the family now. I’m so excited that I’m in the down slope of my young adult novel and am a little more than halfway done. My reward? My husband and I are going to pull out that bottle of Riesling we’ve been saving…
To all the writer and author’s out there working on a novel: Keep up the good work and don’t forget to include The Write Stuff!