Three Weeks and Going Strong

hurray-i-won-mdWe are three weeks into the new year, and my resolution of 250,000 words for the year is right on track. Either that, or I’ve left it behind entirely. Today I passed 20,000 words written since 2016 began.

It’s true, I’ve been tracking all sorts of writing; blog posts, novel writing, long emails, writing on online forums, and my journal. While some of that will never be published, it’s not about how many words I publish in a year. It’s about keeping myself in a writing mood.

checklistI haven’t written every day, and in the past three weeks I have missed five days when I couldn’t or didn’t write a single word I could track. Sure, I sent text messages, or answered emails on those days, but I didn’t bother tracking anything less than a hundred words. I’m sure I wrote a few emails longer than that which I didn’t track.

I missed my goal the first week by about fifty words, and the second week I was almost a thousand words shy. But this past week I leaped forward, shooting past my goal by more than five thousand words. Most of that has happened in the last two days. I’ve been hit by inspiration, and written almost seven thousand words in the last two days.

level-meter-mdThis might sound like I’m bragging, and perhaps I am, a little. But I’m hoping my success will inspire others to keep writing. I wasn’t always able to write five or ten thousand words in a day, or even a week. But I’ve been writing for thirty years now, with varying degrees of success, and this goal has been pushing me to my limits. If you don’t push yourself to your limits, how will you know what they are?

So what am I working on so hard that I’ve written 20,000 words in three weeks?

typing5000 words have been added to Seeds of Chaos in the last week. It is the third book in the Warriors & Watchmen Series.

3000+ words have been written for my two blogs. One of which you are reading now. Thank you for reading!

2600 words written in my journal, very therapeutic.

2400+ words were added to Princess Dani before it was published. Princess Dani is available now! It’s the third book in the Dragons’ Bane Chronicles.

papers2200+ words on character development. Always got to keep making new and stronger characters.

1000+ words so far on outlining a new book (title pending).

The rest are spread across online forums, emails, etc.

Yes, I’m busy, and keep many projects going. It’s the only way I can stay sane. Or did I stay sane? It’s hard to tell, and we disagree on that once in awhile.

I’d love to hear from you, especially other writers as to how your New Year’s Resolutions are going.

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2 Responses to “Three Weeks and Going Strong”

  1. James Carroll January 27, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Thank you; I haven’t set any resolutions in the past month, but reading your post has created a desire to do so.
    Have you considered tracking your reading? or your editing?

    • Simon Driscoll February 1, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      I don’t feel the need to track my reading or my editing. With my writing I can quickly and easily see how many words each of my projects has. WordPress tells me how many words are in my posts, tells me how many words are in each of my books, etc. Everywhere I write that is worthy of tracking gives me a quick number that is easy to track.
      What would I track while reading? The number of books? The number of pages? I’m not sure. I do my best to indicate on GoodReads what I have recently read, and give reviews when I can.
      Do you mean when I edit my own work? Because that usually generates more words than it removes. I’m weird that way. I tried the 10% solution, but instead of over-explaining my worlds, I under-explain them, because I’m so in the head of my characters I forget what people in reality don’t know about Puji, or the near future, or whatever setting I’m writing in.

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