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Set a goal

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Nov 1, 2017

If you are reading this blog, there's a better than good chance you call yourself a writer. More than that, you love to write. It's a calling. We write because we feel compelled to do so. That doesn't mean we are always chomping at the bit to sit down and set words to page. There are times when we just don't have the physical and/or mental energy to do so. Let's face it, life is exhausting, and it can make finding the inspiration to write hard from time to time. The good news is there is a simple fix to those days when you just can't write. The bad news is it will take discipline.


Set a deadline. If you've ever participated in NANOWRIMO, you know the power of having a deadline. The key to making it work hinges on having a target word count. In the case of NANOWRIMO, the target word count is 50,000 words. It's a good start, and depending on the category and genre of your book, it's a perfectly acceptable word count. But if you're writing a fantasy novel, for instances, 50,000 words won't do if you want to meet genre expectations.


Once you have your target word count, set a daily word count total that is realistic. Only you know your schedule, so for me to suggest a daily word count would be arbitrary and unfair. My only suggestion is to not make it too aggressive, and when you reach the word count for the day, stop. Even if you have a flood of thoughts on where to go next in your story, stop. Walk away from a writing session knowing where you're going to start the next writing session.


To overcome those times you just don't want to write, give yourself a manageable deadline and feel the satisfaction of meeting your goal step by step.    


-Richard

 

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Richard Ridley is an award winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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Indie authors are--well, independent, as independent as you can get in the publishing industry. Those who have chosen the indie route call the shots at every stage of the publishing process, from soup to nuts, from the words on the page to the marketing of the finished product. It's a simultaneously envious and frightening position to be in. Succeeding as an indie author requires unshakable discipline.

 

Such independence without the needed discipline can create a meandering publishing experience that will eventually careen off course and crash. My advice is to embrace your freedom by imposing deadlines. Yes, that sounds counterintuitive, but the goal here is to give yourself, as an indie, a voice, a book that people will read and rave about, a book that will make them hunger for your next book. That requires a type of passion that can burn brightly and burn out quickly. The trick is to give them that next offering while interest is hot.

 

Deadlines help you do two things: they help you ride that wave of interest and capitalize on your readers' hunger for more. And, I have also found that they help you stay focused. With a deadline looming, your brain finds chunks of story at every moment. They aren't all worth committing to paper, but they help you cycle through until you find something that takes you to the next point in your story. My experience has been that a deadline helps me move on more quickly through the various stages of a manuscript. I let the story grow outside of my head and get a fresh perspective. It is a constraint that forces me to be more creative, and personally, I find deadlines fun.

 

As an indie author, deadlines offer you more freedom as an artist, and they give you the discipline to succeed. I wholeheartedly recommend them.

 

-Richard

 

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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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