Writing Update, and How to Keep Going

I’m directly on track with my novel! I’ve edited 800-ish words every day for the past two weeks. From past experience, however, this is the most dangerous time for me. Once I feel satisfied with myself, I’m much more willing to slack off. After slacking off, I’m in danger of giving up altogether.

The solution?

This time I only let that satisfaction sink in for a few minutes. First I crowed gleefully like Peter Pan (well, with words and not actually any crowing); then I moved on, calculated word counts, and planned tomorrow’s quota. 

Goals:

  • August: edit 40k (25k finished, 15k to go!) 
  • September: write 15k
  • October: write 15k
  • November: write 10k

How’s writing coming for you? Successes? Struggles?

Discipline: So Essential, yet So Elusive

Tonight, I had a revelation.

It’s same revelation I have every once in a while, and it goes like this: I should schedule my writing time so that I move forward at a respectable pace and build discipline. 

Does it ever happen? If I’m honest with myself—rarely. 

I think I’ll try it out this week though. I’ll write one hour per day, from Monday through Friday, and update you at the end. I’m sure I’ll drink twice as much tea as usual. Maybe some iced milk tea. Mmmmm, yum. 

Can you think of any personal challenges that you need face? How do you build discipline?