I mentioned last week Ann Dee and I came up with the 25 words that our story is about. Here’s the thing. Having an idea, knowing what your story is about, makes it easier to write.
Hint–Know what your story is about. Knowing this Major Dramatic Question (which is answered with a yes or no) gives you the direction to take your story. When you know this then character can move the plot.
Each morning, I’ve tried to give myself time to complete a project I MUST finish.
Like having the MDQ, I’ve set a specific word count for myself.
Having a word count gives you a concrete goal.
Hours sitting at your computer is NOT the same as putting words on the page.
Hint–What is your concrete goal? Have you reached it each day since you started? Can you see progress?
A few places to land after you have written to see what other people have done with their word counts:
FYI–There was a third article for you to read from someone who jumped up their daily writing word count from reasonable to far too much. I read the first lines of this author’s first pubbed book and it was pretty crummy. So.
(I am not endorsing anyone of these. Just giving you something to read to keep you from writing. Ha! Read AFTER you write!)
Don’t rewrite now.
In our new book, Ann Dee and I can already see what will need to be done, but we want that Dirty Draft down.
If we edit and rewrite and fix and change, we won’t be putting down the new words.
Hint: Allow yourself that shitty first draft that Anne Lamott talks about.
Here’s something to read.
So keep going.
Are you having fun?
It’s nice to reach goals, huh?