I did it.
I decided at the end of April that I wanted to write more during the week but I also knew how hectic my life is and how I’m really not in a ~writing mood~ after work. So, after a brief brainstorming session, I landed on 250 words a day in May. I’m currently working on Book Three of the Broken Chronicles (it’s an adult f/f fantasy about a scribe who gets kidnapped and must face her fears and her past in order to survive the ordeal), and 250 words seemed like a reasonable number to me. One that wasn’t overwhelming. May 1st came around and I hit the ground running on my goal, that whole week I wrote 250 words (or more!). I was feeling really good about myself, to be honest. But then life got even more crazy – my parents got a new puppy who needed SO MUCH ATTENTION, my day job got stressful, and I got a bunch of long edits and a manuscript edit that ate into my evening time.
But guess what?
I still wrote.
Begrudgingly, some days. It would be 9:30 at night after a freelance edit, I’d open the manuscript and gathering words to write down would be like capturing dandelion fluff. Elusive and tiring. I would count every single word and as soon as I’d hit 250, I’d close the computer.
Other times I’d get annoyed that I hadn’t given myself time and space to write more words. After all 250 words isn’t even a scene (not how I write scenes anyway, ha!) and it would be frustrating to stop at a moment I was excited about because I was tired and it was late and I really needed to go to bed.
Most of the time, though, words flowed from me. I penned more than 250 words nearly every day. (Mostly to finish a scene or conversation.)
May was a really, really long month. My dayjob was stressful, my freelance editing took up a few hours every night (and still does), and sometimes I just really didn’t want to write.
But I did it anyway.
And I made my goal of 250 Word a Day in May.
I did it!
And you know what? I actually wrote 23,750 words last month. 23,750 WORDS!
I am so damn proud of myself for doing it. And it proved to me that I actually could do it, too, write during the week even with my other jobs.
So what’s my takeaway from this experiment? Set goals for yourself. You never know what you can achieve until you try! Sappy? Yeah. But true? Hell yeah.
QUESTION: Has anyone else tried this type of goal out? If so, how’d it go? Did you reach the word count?
Hope you have a lovely rest of the week!