I was going to pick up my novel some more tonight after work, but upon reflection, I am going to switch gears and edit photos instead. Sometimes you have to exercise different creative outlets to stay inspired with the primary one.
I did, however, write this morning, and I’m increasing my daily word count as time goes on. Last week I could only manage 500 words a day or less on average, with a couple days of not writing at all because of technology problems at the beginning of the month.
This morning before work I woke up at 6 a.m. and managed a little more 1,000 words. I am not really recording exact word counts because I have a bad habit of revising as I go, but it’s part of an editing process that works for me and builds my confidence. However, it makes it hard to calculate my specific daily word count. I currently have 5,025 words total. Word count pressure doesn’t really motivate me though; a daily habit does.
Instead of finding researching as I go intimidating, I am starting to reframe it in my mind as fun. That was another thing slowing me down, stopping and getting lost in historical details. But I am learning so many cool things about the 19th century. Time to geek out.
And I have decided to lower my expectations for this month. I don’t care if I meet the 50,000 words; I will just be happy if I write every day. I am supposed to be at 15,000 words today, but I think I can still catch up when I am taking a planned mini-staycation from work at the end of the week. I am increasing my output every day and my insecurities about drafting a novel are starting to fade away. I feel like I am shaking the dust off. I last finished a novel-length manuscript for my thesis for my creative writing degree in 2004. That’s a long time.
Self care is helping those confidence levels. I rode my exercise bike and did my weight routine on my lunch break today, and tomorrow to kick off my 5 a.m. writing session I will do 30 minutes of yoga. It is better than coffee for a stimulant. I know, I know, you don’t believe me, but don’t knock it until you try it. Exercise always helps lift my mood and gets me back on track. I need my daily morning coffee, too.
If I can write 1,000 words a day, it will be a win. That’s my goal. The key for me is writing every day and not giving up. I can do this. I have the skills, a great story idea, good characters, and now I just need to execute, and finish something longer for once. Time to be my own cheerleader.