It’s that time of year where everyone is making resolutions to do this or do that. I’m going to make a resolution to loose weight. Or exercise more. We writers often make the resolution to write more.
How exactly do you define “more”?
Therein lies the problem with the resolution. If you do anything, you’ve done more. Or if you resolution is to write every day, simply writing one sentence could fulfill that requirement.
Then you will look back at the end of the year and wonder what happened to all your writing.
What you need to do is have clearly defined goals. Track them. 100 Words a day? 200? 1667? (Because you want to write twelve novels this year?) Maybe the day job keeps you firmly in place during the week but you can manage a ton of words on the weekend.
Now that you have your goal and you’re keeping track of it, you’ll find that some days you’re over your goal and some days you’re under it.
Going on vacation for a week? Write extra the week before and the week after. Slammed out an extra 500 words over your goal yesterday? Take it a little easy tomorrow.
Now at the end of the year you can look back and say you made definitive progress.
200 words a day will see you will a novel in your hands at the end of the year.