What Have I Done Lately?

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It’s hard to believe that we already almost a quarter through the year. I’m sure that time passes quicker the older you get.

So far this year has seen me torn between to WIPs both of which I really want to write. I did consider for a brief moment working on the simultaneously but realistically I don’t have the time available to do either justice if I do.

I have settled on continuing The Wasps Nest.

I started the year with a fairly flexible attitude to goals hoping that that would mean it would fall in line with what the project needed. I have since discovered that I was a bit foolish with that idea. Instead I have probably wasted time getting distracted trying to decide what to write and haven’t made the progress I probably otherwise would have.

I have started listening to The Best Seller Experience Podcast and watching Will Dean author tube recently and have found this massively motivating. They have both reminded me of the simple undeniable rule for writing that nothing gets done unless you put your arse in the charge and write.

I employed that method recently and was delighted by the 8500 words I produced that week. Though it should have hardly been a surprise when I wrote for 5 out of the 7 days. This week I haven’t managed to squeeze in as much time but I have still produced 2000 words that I know were done at a time I previously wouldn’t have used as productively.

The morale of this story is clearly that when I put my mind to it and make the time I can achieve a lot. It’s also taught me that I have more time available than I previously realised.

In brief quarter one of this year has taught me; I need some structure, I have more time than I knew and that goals are more of a help than a hinderance. So, whilst I still am firm that I don’t want to be in a position where I beat myself up over achievement of goals I do want to strive to do more.

With that in mind I have decided that I would like to be finished my first draft of The Wasps Nest by 30th June 2019. I am currently at 21000 words, my first drafts are usually 80000 words, there’s 15 weeks between then and now - I calculate this as an average of 4000 words a week.

If I had suggested this to myself even a month ago I would have thought I’d lost my mind but now it feels achievable, not easy but like something I can do. I have heard the expression ‘how do you eat an elephant? - 1 chunk at a time’ used a lot recently in relation to writing. I am prepared to start carving up my proverbial elephant and I look forward to updating you with my progress.

I’d love to hear about how you’re getting on with your current WIP or creative project and your approach goal setting so leave me a comment below.