One thing about this whole writing gig is that it is so easily put off. Eh, I’ll write that scene later. Oh, I’ve got to do XYZ first, I can’t write that now. On and on the excuses to put off getting the words on the page go. I know I am most certainly guilty of it.
Heck, I’ve been trying to get really going on my WIP for…a solid month at least, and yet I’m just now over 10k. That let me to a what the heck moment. Most of my first drafts are pounded out in a month or less. It’s just how I work — if I can’t get them out relatively quickly then I get frustrated and they wind up in my folder called WIP Graveyard.
So, one of my fantastic writer buddies and I devised a system to hold each other accountable for our word counts since we’re both drafting. (Side note – writer friends are so, so important to have for so many reasons, as my friend Susan details in this fantastic blog post. Make sure to check it out.) Really, it’s just a spreadsheet we can both access on Google Docs that we both put our goal on, listed the dates, and every day we add our new word count — whether it has changed or not.
That way, you see, we KNOW someone else is watching our progress. AND we can shoot off emails to each other saying something like, “Get to work, you slacker, I see that word count!” (Meant only in the friendliest way, of course.)
I don’t know about for her, but for me this new system has been incredibly effective. I went from maybe 200-300 words a day to 1k a day in a snap, and that number is getting higher each day as I get into the groove. So if you’re having issues with getting your butt in the chair to make a difference in your word count goals, revision goals, whatever, maybe something like this will help! Enlist a writer buddy to hold you accountable. Or, heck, email me and I’ll make a big, huge spreadsheet and we can all hold each other accountable! lol (It’s kind-of a game to me. I love a challenge.)
Point is, where there’s a will, there’s a way. So get to work! I want to see those word counts rising!