So Much for Once a Week…
Remember how I said I’d update once a week with how the writing was going?
Yeah, that was cute.
It’s been a little over two weeks since I committed to attempting to write 500 words a day, every day, and to update the blog weekly with my progress. Well, I guess summer happened, because I obviously have not updated the blog.
I have, however, written.
Today is day 19 of writing 500 words a day, every day. I have kept my promise; I’ve written at least 500 words a day on Unquickened every day since July 2. Well, okay, I did take last weekend off. We went backpacking and camping. Minimalist camping isn’t super conducive to lugging a laptop up a hill and down near a lake, so I decided I’d just try to make the words up this week. I’m please to report that I managed to write 2,000 words on Monday, which covered my 500 words for Friday through Monday–four days in one. I also managed 1,000 words yesterday, even though I didn’t have to do that much. I guess I was just in the zone…
500 words doesn’t sound like much, and it isn’t, not really. It’s two manuscript pages. That’s it. And to be perfectly candid, most of the words I’ve written this month are pretty crappy. Lots of bad dialogue, cheesy description, placeholders because I can’t remember stuff I said in Bloodbonded or Ravenmarked…
But I’ve written. If right now is just about building the muscle again, then I’m making progress.
Maybe everyone does this, I don’t know, but I’m one who tends to want to “go big or go home” with everything I do. If I can’t do it big and bold and earth-shatteringly brilliant or perfect the first time, I don’t want to bother.
But 500 words a day, while it isn’t much, seems to add up to almost 10,000 words after 18 days. Because it’s rarely just 500 words–it’s 550 or 510 or maybe even 700 or 1,000. So here I am, almost three weeks into this habit, with about 10,000 words added to Unquickened. The book now sits at about 65,000 words.
I forget the value and importance of slow, incremental change.
No one starts out a career with retirement set up, but if you save a couple hundred dollars a month every month for 30 years or so, you have a good nest egg.
No one can lose 50 pounds in a week of intense workouts, but start eating right and moving your body, and in a year, it’s completely possible to be 50 pounds lighter.
Almost nothing worthwhile happens overnight. All of the best things take consistent, focused effort, determination, discipline.
I know these things in my head. It’s harder to convince my heart.
In any case, the point is, I’m managing to do what I promised to do–well, except for the updating once a week part. I’ll try to get better at that.
Here’s to another 3,500 words in another week or so…