Put Words on Paper

So I have been crazy busy these last few months. I’ve taken part in some retreats, Writers conventions, I’ve taught classes, had a couple video interviews and had adventures. I’ll work hard on sharing more details as I work to get my feet back underneath me.
One success I want to share is my steps to a word count. I know this is the month of NaNoWriMo. Over the past year, I have taken the idea “Yes, I’m a writer, I’ve got a hand full of short stories in ink, and a novel on the way.” The first nine months of this year. I finished a couple short stories, 1 flash fiction and a couple chapters in my novel. Sounds like a lot, but it wasn’t. The words on the page just weren’t showing up.
I’ve been taking classes, trying to find accountability partners, anything just to get the words flowing.
I was in a class that was being led by my friend and author Bill Webb. During his class we did a couple five minutes writings. I was shocked at how much I could put on paper in only five minutes. It was there after I gave myself a word count challenge. Every day I will put 1,000 words into my current writing project.
My rues for this, it doesn’t include rewrites, editing, blogging, or anything else. 1,000 words into my writing project. After that, I’ll take on the rest of the world.
I figured that 1,000 words is a small enough number it would be achievable in even the busyest day. I also figured it would be great to keep pushing myself to beat my last streak, always growing my number of success days longer and longer.
Then a very cool thing happened. I completed a week of success. 7,000 words into a new novel that never existed before. Just like everyone else I suffer through motivation. I hate getting started – Getting done is wonderful, I love the feeling of accomplishment. But writing is hard. Full disclosure, many of those days I whined and fought, finally my stubbornness would win out and drag me to the word processor.
So I finished a week. 7,000 words. It felt fantastic. Then thought My longest published short story is just over 9,000 words. That’s only two days. I could do two more days. Heck, I already did seven what is two more. 9,000 words. Well It was just over 9,000 words. A day later 10,000 words. 10,000 words in the bag.
Then another thing happened. Four more days and I had accomplished two full weeks of writing. 14,000 words. Then something fantastic happened. It wasn’t so hard to get to the word processor. I knocked out 14 days, I don’t want to start that day count all over. I was going out for a romantic weekend with my wife. I was afraid that I would blow my streak, so I got up at 5:am and knocked out my 1,000 words. Then we made it back home late the next day. The streak continued, I bragged to my friends, no longer giving the word count, but now it is a day count. The numbers keep going up.
I finished my 23rd day on this diet. My novel is sitting at over 23,000 words, in only 23 days. So, I apologize about not sending out the blogs more often because. I’ve been putting words on paper.
Set your self a goal. Maybe it is a word count, maybe it is several minutes or pages. It doesn’t matter what it is because soon you’re real goal is the number of days of success. I’ve had 23 days of success so far. I would never have believed in the beginning.
One step at a time, one day at a time. Challenge yourself and then succeed.


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