I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I figure if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing now. That’s why I started the training program to increase my daily word count in November instead of waiting until January 1. You can read all about that training regimen here.
I’m pleased to report it’s progressing very well. I’ve written every day but one since beginning the program. Yes, even Christmas and New Year’s. I’ve had out-of-town guests and traveled out of town, and I’m currently nursing my husband after his knee surgery. I’m feeling a bit like The Little Engine That Could. Okay, I’m feeling a lot like The Little Engine That Could. Chugging up that hill.
Don’t get me wrong. There were days I didn’t want to write, especially Christmas day. I sooo did not want to separate myself from my family to work. Surprisingly, the part of the program that kept me from skipping those days was my goal calendar—the one I printed so I could physically cross off the day when I accomplished that day’s goal. Yep, it’s been one day at a time. When I thought of not inking that “X” for the day, I experienced such a crushing letdown, such a sense of failure that I went right to the computer and fired up “Write or Die.” In thirty minutes, I had my words because “Write or Die” doesn’t allow me to second guess myself. My fingers must fly. No editing allowed.
All those X’s on the calendar are soooo satisfying.
Yes, yes. X’s are fine you say, but what about real results. Numbers, we want numbers! Okay. Here ya go. In December, a month in which I’m lucky to get any words, I wrote 19,700. This month, I’m on track for 27,400. I’m up to 1100 words a day. Weekends are 500 a day. I’m on track to reach 2000 a day by mid-March.
For many of you that’s small potatoes. For the rest of you, who like me struggle to produce, I hope this provides inspiration for you. If I can do it, anyone can.