If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Monday, November 3, 2008

So Far, So Good

I've been trying to write a minimum of 500 words a day to meet my InaDWriMo goal of 15,000. So far I've managed to meet and exceed this daily goal. I tell myself I will write for 1 hour and that in an hour I should be able to get 500 words done. I'm finding an hour gives me time to both think and write. So 500 words is truly feasible and I can usually crank out more. Also I can go longer if I am so inspired.

Today was the hardest and I think that is because I've been working on the same project each day. After an hour I was at 446 words and still not feeling it. So instead of quitting I switched to another project and flew through another 415 words in half an hour.

This process is teaching me some interesting lessons about my own writing habits.

1 comment:

Dr. Bad Ass said...

Yes, that works for me too. Another trick I've played on myself is to divide the writing on a particular project into pieces -- perhaps the lit review, data analysis, discussion, etc. Then I switch my writing back and forth among those pieces when I get stuck.