It has been a while since my last check in, been quite a busy week. But nonetheless I’m still here, still writing, still reading, still breathing.
I have been writing everyday however, I am beginning to get frustrated with my word count. Some days it seems as though the amount of time spend staring at the screen out weighs the actual amount of time I spend writing. I have so many project that I have started that are so far from finished.
In the last few months I have come to terms with the fact that there is no such thing as writer’s block. There is no red eyed monster blocking the doorway to a world of ideas. The ideas are always there, waiting for for us to use them. And the only thing that is stopping us is fear. The fear that our work isn’t good enough, that our prose is imperfect. And it is that need for perfection that causes us to stare at the screen, constantly rewriting and revising. Every writer secretly wants to write a perfect first draft. We are afraid that if someone were to read our uncompleted manuscripts they would think us incompetent.
I know I am guilty of this fear and that is why I sit and stare at the screen, reading every line I have written, correcting things when I should be writing. In fact I am doing it write now.
And that brings me to the point of this post. The next few months is my pre- NaNoWriMo warm up. I need to finish my first draft of Midnight Red by the end of November, and this novel looks more like 90 000 words than 50 000.
So what does this mean for me?
It means I need to work my way to that 1700 words per day target well before November. Right now I’m on about 500-600 words a day when I should be on at least 1000.
New strategy – I need to stop being such a perfectionist. No reviewing allowed during the writing process. The only way I am gonna manage this is by writing in like the smallest font legible or changing the colour of the text to like a light gray or something.
By the next check in the word count should be a solid 700 or more per day.
Reasonable enough right?
No reading back.