Sorry I haven't been around much lately. Things got crazy at work due to an on-site conference and the following week was about trying to play catch-up to everything that I wasn't able to get to during the previous week. You know, hectic. In fact, the week of the conference was the first week in a while that I didn't actually make my weekly word count goal. But I came close. I think I was short by only 2,000 words. Not too shabby for such an insane week.
But I'm back on track this week. I try to get about 8,000 words during the week and then another few thousand words over the weekend. I am right on target.
I think a big part of the help has been sticking with 750 words. I am on a roll! I have a 35-day streak going. Yep, I have written a minimum of 750 words every day for the past 35 days. Most days I do well over 750 words, but I like knowing that at the bare minimum, I can get by with only 750 words, or approximately 25 minutes of writing.
I'm also rocking a very nice collection of badges now. I've grown from the Egg to the Turkey to the Penguin to the Flamingo to the Albatross. Sweet.
I know it seems silly, but the badges, points, and high-level word analysis gives the immediate gratification that isn't always found in writing a book. Sometimes, there are just some scenes that aren't jam-packed with fights and explosions. Sometimes, Gage is just drinking a cup of coffee and trying to recover from the insanity I bring to his life. Sometimes the word count is daunting. But I look at my streak and my badges and think: Wow! I have gotten a lot done. I've come really far.
The lesson learned: Just keeping writing. Just keep writing. Writing. Writing. Just keep writing.