The original purpose of this blog was for me to have somewhere to post daily (or as often as I could) posts sharing what writing work I had done that day. I have two finished novels and am working on revising the first one. It didn’t write itself, so I certainly can’t expect it to revise and finish itself. I have discovered that when I have some external way of keeping track of my progress, I work better.
Since December 2014, I have taken up the challenge to write or revise 500 words every day. There are actually three levels to choose from–250, 500, or 1000. For now, sticking with 500. The “rules” for the challenge state you can use it however you want–writing for a first draft, how many words you’ve revised, or even writing a blog. As much as I’d like to say I’ll write 500 new words every day, though, I’m more likely to be using this to revise.
I want to suggest doing something like this to anyone out there who writes in any format and could use a push to get to it some days. Challenge yourself to a specific number of words every day, and keep at it. And the important thing here is that there is no final goal. If you fall short one day, you do not have to make up for it later. Just try for 500 (or whatever you choose) again the next day. Click on the image to the right if you want more info. It’s the website for the challenge.
Recently I had a new idea for my blog. I’ve come to realize that, though I am not a published author, I have a lot of experience as a writer. I’ve been writing with some seriousness for 10 years and have grown a lot in both knowledge and skill. I’m told finishing the first draft of a novel is an accomplishment in itself. And just in the last two years, I have learned a lot about the different stages of writing. This blog has always been focused on my daily progress, but I have decided it’s time to branch out. I want to start sharing some of what I’ve learned. Hopefully someone will find some usefulness in my words.