So I've been reading quite a few blogs lately focusing on how to treat writing like a job, and it got me thinking about how I write. When I first started with The Evolution of Janie, I set daily goals for myself, laid out a week in advance. If I did more than I planned wonderful, if not oh well. It was on a white board and I just swiped my finger through the black ink and not a trace of my failed goal remained. Well, apart for the stain on my finger.
But after finishing my first draft of Janie, my goal board collapsed. I hemmed and hawed, until one day it drifted off my immediate radar. November brought Nano and Janie disappeared entirely, eclipsed by Songbird and the delight of having a novel complete in a month. I threw myself into it, writing every night and finishing my 50,000 words in 30 days. Tha problem? The story wasn't done and any accountability walked out the door as December came marching up. It took me another 40 days to finish the draft of Songbird and then the editing began and I'm thinking will always be there.
Yet I can't stagnate.
I've started my new novel (the first of a trilogy) and have rediscovered yWriter 5 - it was free and although it doesn't do everything I want it to, it has the absolute one thing I need: a daily word count target. I put in my ultimate target and when I want to have it complete by and it gives me my daily target, my overall completed percentage and I have something to keep me focused. I'm competitive, even if it's only against myself.
So make it a job? Yes, but a job where I can win suits me better.
If you're interested in where my new work is going, I've updated my WIP and added in brief descriptions each book in The Gifted Trilogy
On my iPod:
Halo/Walking on Sunshine mashup by The Cast of Glee
I really should spellcheck before I post!