I had all kinds of big goals for Round 3. Some of them I met. Some of them were epic fail. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I want to shoot for with this last round of the year. I’m beginning a new WIP–the next Mirus novel. I’ve also got a collaborative project I’m working on that’s not quite ready to start yet. And as I sit here on this fine Monday morning that’s finally cold enough that my sockless streak must be broken and I’ve gotta dig out my close-toed shoes, I’m still coping with a raging case of page fright.
For one thing I have to accept that the stuff I write over the next couple of weeks will probably be crap and have to be rewritten once I’ve found my groove again. But that’s not really a goal.
I’ve got 80 days (well, really, probably 90 until I go back to work at the first of next year). There is the temptation to say, “I will finish Devil’s Snare!” But, you see, I actually learned something from the previous 2 rounds (where, in addition to daily word counts, I said “I will finish Red!“)–I really shouldn’t say I’m going to finish something because my life is only going to vomit up something that will prevent me from doing so. I can’t honestly control when I’m going to finish a book, no matter how many words a day I get into writing. So I’m not going to say that.
I’m going to be conservative this round. I am setting myself a goal of 500 words a day. It’s not a lot. Although it feels like a lot given that the last week, I’ve barely broken 200 words a day. Hence, the page fright. But 500 words a day is kind of my comfort zone (when I’m regularly working). No matter how much is going on at work (and unless something awful and distracting has happened in life), I can usually hit that. I’d certainly like to push beyond that and reach a greater average. But that requires me to get back to that base level again, so for now, that’s my goal. If I get into my groove and start regularly producing more than that, then I might change that goal. But for now, this is fine. I am channeling this guy
in hopes that by the end, I’ll be more like this: