Last week I posted about word counts, and the comments really surprised me. Mainly because I was like "look, Ma, I did a cartwheel!" and you guys were like "look, I did a backflip into a somersault and ended with a triple lutz without ice skates."
To which I say: woah. Your word counts were off the charts! They shamed my word count output into the dunce corner. The more I thought about it, the more ridiculous my behavior seemed. Here was I, saying that I wanted to make this my profession, and I would let entire days go by without doing any work. Nothing. No new words, no revising of old words, nothing. 50K words had taken me 2+ months and I still didn't know when I was going to make it to 80K words (my target word count for the current WIP).
Was I discouraged? Oh, sure. Did I use that discouragement to set some goals/rules for myself? Oh you know it. So I'm keeping myself honest to you lot.
Goal: Finish current WIP at ~80K words by the end of May
Current word count: 52K as of last night
Pace: 2K words a day until May 31st
You guys are my witnesses to this word count. So far I've slacked off over the weekend and made up for it by writing a whopping 4K words yesterday (go me), but I plan to be a little more consistent about it from now on. Of course this means I won't always have time to post, which bums me out, but I've got lots of good ideas for posts and will be writing them when I can.
If you could wave a pom pom for me, I would really appreciate it.