New year, new goals, and new things to learn! That’s exciting, right?
Well, maybe not so much the “things to learn” bit. But with a month of working hard to write every day, even for a little bit, I think I’ve settled into what works for me.
A couple of years ago, I finally caved to conventional wisdom and began giving myself a daily word count goal. It started with Grace Bridges from Splashdown challenging friends on Facebook to write 500 words a day.
In January, I upped the word count to one thousand words a day. That didn’t seen to work, so I tried something new–I changed from using a daily word count to a weekly one. Five thousand words a week, I thought, would surely be easy to reach. It was easier to plan ahead that way…if I was going to have a busy day, I knew I could just write more another day and not stress about it.
For two weeks, I tried the five thousand words goal. One week I barely got over half–the other, I was within 200 words of it. But that was by neglecting entirely the novel I was trying to edit and the critique I had due at the end of the month.
So, as always, I readjusted, down to two and a half thousand words a week. That’s back to the 500 a day, but two thousand and a half sounds better. More importantly, it’s easy for me to hit every week and feel like I’m making progress, while still working on the other projects I’ve committed to.
Once those are out if the way, I may jump the word count back up a little. We’ll see. For now, I’ve found what works…though don’t tell my son that. He might decide to change his sleeping patterns again. 😛