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May is for Writing!

Young Adult Author Writing TrackerHere it is, my writing tracker for the month of May!  It’s not the best of pictures, but you get the idea.  A few weeks ago, I said my goal was to write 2k words a day.  The important part of this is that I had a tangible goal, something specific I could strive toward.  It wasn’t important that I actually write two thousand words each and every day.  That’s a lot.  It was important I sit down and write.  For the couple of weeks I kept that up I actually wrote between 1,500 and 1,800 words, which I was very proud of.  My WIP is now up to 31k.

Back to May and my writing tracker.  One of my favorite things to play, when I was little, was being a teacher.  My parents gave me white board markers and sent me to a window or mirror where I would happily color.  I brought this back about a month ago and took to writing reminders for myself on my bathroom mirror.  This morning, I decided to use the smaller medicine mirror in the bathroom to keep a log of my writing, per day.  My goal for the month of May is to finish my WIP by writing at least 1,300 words a day.  I really just want to get the ideas out.  I can use June for all sorts of fun (err…) editing.

Happy writing!

Writing is Hard

  • Enter contests.
  • Edit.
  • Critique.
  • Find critique partners.
  • Post on blog.
  • Post on twitter.
  • Write something new.
  • Think about taking out an old piece to work on.
  • Outline chapters.
  • Get someone in my family to read my work.
  • Think in circles.
  • Be rejected and told something doesn’t make sense.
  • Go back and re-work again.

Writing is hard.  It takes a lot of time.  Sometimes I feel great about it, call my sister talking non-stop about something I’ve just written.  Othertimes, I want to lay down and not lift my fingers.  Sometimes the only reward is knowing I’ve put a few thoughts down.

Today, I’m having to force myself to work because I’m reminded about how long a road it is until a story is complete…something I am very far from.

Alright, it’s time to go to a baseball game – the perfect place to sit and think in circles some more.