Posted by: Judy | January 13, 2014

Crunch time…

This month promises to break me. If I make it through, the rest of the year will be a piece of cake… Speaking of which, Chocolate Cake for Two, the second novella in my Holiday, USA series is off for final edits. It should be ready for publishing a week from today. I’ll publish sooner if it’s ready sooner. I’m learning to be flexible. Then I need to finish Valentine Delivery, the third novella in the series. I’m under the gun for it, for obvious reasons. Then there is Grace’s Possibilities, the fourth novel in my Endless Possibilities Regency series. It’s due to my publisher at the end of this month.

I am certifiable. It’s the only explanation for this insane schedule, which I SET FOR MYSELF.

What I’ve learned:

I like working on two stories at the same time. I have absolutely no trouble switching between them, mostly. I did accidentally use the hero’s name from one in the other, but only once and caught it right away. I use one story to take a break from the other. I like to write a chapter and allow it to sit. I’m able to work on a chapter in the other story, and it honestly feels like a break for me.

My best word count, up until last week, was just over 5k. Last week, I hit over 8k. Taking a page from what I’m learning from the SEALs. I’m creating a new best. My next target is 10k.

What I didn’t expect to learn:

I’ve always tried to push myself a little harder. Stretch a little further. It wasn’t until I was reading one of the SEAL guys. I think it was David Rutherford. He encouraged failure. In failure you learn what is your best, and you set a new best. I gave myself permission to fail. I’d been setting my word goal for 6k. Needless to say, I blew it out of the water with 8k. However, there were a lot of days first when I didn’t even come close to 6k. Instead of becoming discouraged, I simply set the bar at 6k. Now, I’ve hit 8k, so I’m setting the bar at 10k. I didn’t make it this past weekend, sort of. I didn’t make it in one day. In two days, I made almost 12k. That’s 6k a day. It wasn’t so long ago when a really awesome writing day was 2k. Yeah, I see the difference.

I knew that the only way I could truly become a professional writer was to write. I didn’t know how to push myself. I’m learning.


Responses

  1. a new personal best is a wonderful bar to set, and obviously it is keeping you motivated and in motion … also, I think it’s kind of brilliant to move from one piece of work to the other, in effect using the shift in focus as a mental break, giving yourself room to rest (in theory) from the ongoing storyline of just one book or novella … I can see how shifting between the two would be helpful, so good for you for developing that rhythm … just keep on doing what you’re already doing, and keep rewarding yourself for the word counts, and sooner than you know it, January will be behind you, and you will have reached another goal. Keep going. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks ((ntexas99))

  2. This is terrific! Sometimes having a lot to do can push out time to worry about whether you can achieve it or not… you just do it!

    • I’m working on it. πŸ™‚

  3. I enjoy how you bring balance to concepts and ideas that get misused. Ideas like having measures and goals gets torn down to mean we are stressing out over a number but they are still relevant. That don’t become irrelevant because it gets misused. I really admire how you take that and turn it to work for you and be healthy for you.

    Love: In failure you learn what is your best, and you set a new best.

    xx

    • Yes! ((TR))


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