One thing I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post talking about what I’d accomplished this year is that I’ve started a writing challenge. I figured it didn’t belong on the 2010 list when it’s really starting January 3rd to kick off 2011. I did it for the wholly self-serving purpose of surrounding myself with other writers slogging away at a slow but steady pace at a REASONABLE challenge–one that happens 4 times a year instead of 1 month because, let’s face it, real writers write year round, not just in November. Anyway, whether you’re a NaNo devotee or detractor, check out A Round of Words in 80 Days and kick off your good writing habits for 2011. /advertising
That having been said, I shall step down from my soapbox as the illustrious founder of ROW80 and tell you my goals as a writer for Round 1!
My project for the challenge is Red, the YA paranormal I’ve been salivating to write since AUGUST. My deck is (mostly) cleared to work on this book. I’ve divested myself of as many responsibilities as I am able, and hope that this will be the start of an uber productive year. For the last couple of years, my daily word count goal has been 500 words. It’s conservative and something that I usually can make (when broken limbs do not derail my brain).
I’m going to be a bit more ambitious for ROW80 and shoot for 750 words a day. That puts me at 60k by the end of the challenge. I’m starting the challenge with 5-7k already. 750 words a day will put me within spitting distance of the end of the first draft, which I should (hopefully) be able to knock out before the start of Round 2 in April.
In conjunction with the 750 words a day, I am declaring an unplugged 30 minutes a day in which to write. No multi-tasking, no internet, no TV. No distractions. I probably won’t get the full 750 words in that time, but it’ll be a good habit to establish. I’ve gotten really bad over the last year about trying to write during our evening TV time or while talking to people online. MUST IMPROVE FOCUS (which will thereby improve quality of first draft–ideally).