This has been one of those times in my life where I have just sat back and… life happens. I have been consuming much more than I have been creating. While it is easy, in a way, it is wasting a lot of time I could have spent writing. Every night for the past few weeks I have gone to bed with a pile of regrets for what I could have done that day versus what I actually did. It has annoyed me greatly and caused some lost sleep (which for me is a great tragedy – I value my sleep – it is my chance to recharge). I’d get up the next day swearing to do better, and every now and then I did, but for the most part, I did not.
Here it is, the first day of June and I am in actuality no closer to being done with my sci-fi book than I was in January. Sure, I have developed some characters, clarified some plot points, revised some scenes (a very bad idea), and tried to make sense of my fuzzy and fragile time line, but real, readable words on a page have been mostly absent.
How to I correct this? How do I steer back onto the road? How do I find my way out of the darkness of writer’s block and lack of motivation? I think I have found the answer. By bringing November to June. June has thirty days, just like November. By crafting roughly 1667 words a day for the next thirty days (including today), I can be at critical mass and begin to do some real editing and revising.
So that is what I am going to do. Starting today, I am writing 1667 words, minimum, every day, just like I do in November. It is going to be harder, because I must fill gaps in my story line, so I will struggle, and most likely I will simply average 1667 words per day at the end of the month. That will be OK; I’ll take what I can get, because if I ever want to finish, I MUST complete the first draft.
I haven’t decided what my incentive will be if I make it. I’ll buy myself something if I do get to that magical number of 50,000 words in thirty days, I just don’t know what that will be.
With that said, I am signing off, probably for at least thirty days. Wish me luck – I am going to need it.