This is something I struggle with daily as a writer. Most days I write freelance articles which can zap my energy to write any sort of fiction. The less fiction I write, the more guilty I feel and as luck would have it with any form of self-deprecation, the less I write! It’s a beautiful little cycle of non-productivity.
The true victim? The pages that remain blank, devoid of creative thought.
How many words a day constitute a success? Should I try and force myself to write a 1,000 fiction words a day without any regard to errands, deadlines, phone calls, sleet or snow? Or worse, running out of espresso? Or would say…200 words still be good as long as I just keep writing? Honestly, it doesn’t matter what my word count is I always feel better, more alive when I write fiction. Any fiction, even a writing prompt. But I never know how to feel about my daily word count none the less! If I haven’t written a best-seller by dinner, a part of me feels like I should just give-up.
That’s because there is a belief out there that writing is a sprint. You need to write the best novel you can fast and get it out there. I think it’s because the excitement and expectations that come naturally with writing. You’re so excited to become the next J.K. Rowling that you just can’t stand waiting any longer. 😉
But as author of The Darling Budds, Johnny Dale see’s it: It’s not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon. You should take away the guilt and start slowly, instead of running head-first into impossible deadlines.
After struggling to develop a good writing schedule for almost a decade, he’s created a website to share his insight. Check out his website to learn how to achieve a Solid Writing Schedule Today!