Writing is hard

I haven’t made a blog post for a while, not even when I was up for the SJV award, though probably I should have, but losing out isn’t so much fun even if it is ‘an honour just to be nominated’ and you realistically weren’t expecting to win. Still…

I went to a seminar recently that came with a motivational speaker. The seminar was on property investment, of all things. I won’t say who the speaker was because by nature I’m a very suspicious and cynical person when it comes to that sort of stuff. Meaning I can often fall for it hook, line and sinker at the time and an hours or so later come to the ‘hey, wait a minute!’ realisation.

They tried to pitch me a free ipad for signing up to a $30,000 ‘mentor’ course. You do that math. Yeah, I’ll buy my own ipad and keep the $29,000 change, thank you very much.

But in any case, I did pay attention to some of the motivation stuff. Like writing down your goals and putting them somewhere visible, so you’re reminded of them I suppose. Another was the whole mentality that if you don’t start something today you won’t start it. Tomorrow? Later. Later means never.

Get home, right out some goals. On a list. Stick it next to the computer on the book shelf. The first item on the list was 500 words per day.

500 words.

Doesn’t seem like much does it? This post is already half of that. 500 words a day, every day. Seven days a week. Minimum.  If I did that I could write have a draft of a 100,000 word novel in 200 days. That’s just over six and a half months. That’s pretty good.

Except for a month or so I didn’t do anything. That’s 15, 500 words, give or take, that didn’t happen. That’s a lot.

500 words. 100,00 words is a lot. 500 is easy. Manageable. Bite-sized. It’s that whole philosophy of breaking your writing down into manageable portions, those little parts that add up into the greater whole, one day at a time. So I started doing it. So many days I wanted to scream at the screen, suffering writers block when nothing would happen, taking hours to scrape into that daily 500 minimum. And it is a minimum, not a quota or a threshold, sometimes it was easy. So easy, 700, 800, 1000, 1500. That adds up. If you do it everyday. Right now it is everyday. It’s not new, it’s something I already new and had practiced in the past to grind out completed novels (yes, it is a grind!) but had let slip by the wayside. Disillusioned I guess. Or some other excuse. Right now it’s been some 30,000 words of 500 a day minimum. Except it could have been 45,000. Ouch. It’s actually got to the point where I resent even writing this post because it’s approaching 500 words, and that’s 500 words that could have gone into the current project. Because no, this post doesn’t count as today’s 500 words. Oh and one more thing, the next three things on the list; they were titles. That’s a lot more days ahead.

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