Why You’re Having a Hard Time Writing

I’m a little sore. I’m working some muscles I’ve let get a little… soft. Wobbly. Gelatinous, even.

Today I sat down to outline a novella. In the course of an hour and a half, I only got 1100 words written. Simply put, that’s not enough.

Maybe you look at that number and you’re impressed. Well, cool! I guess I can be impressive. However, to reach my writing goals, I need to be writing far faster. We all have different goals. Know your skills and set your goals accordingly. For me, if I’m going to complete the novella in my projected timeline, I need to write more words per hour. I can only dedicate an hour on a typical day, which means I need to pack that hour with the most words possible.

So what happened? Why didn’t I write as much as I feel I should have? Did my laptop decide to update to Windows 3.1415? Did my children spontaneously combust again? Did I leave the Star Trek marathon on in the background?

None of the above.

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Sprinting Toward a Novel in One Month…

With the steel of the whip on my shoulder…
With the salt of my sweat on my brow…

OK, so maybe writing isn’t that bad. Honestly, it’s been a lot of fun. But since September 11, I’ve been writing like mad attempting to get the rough draft of a novel done in a month. That means I’ve got just over a week to go. I’m on track to actually finish… but it means that every single writing moment is dedicated to that novel.

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