I’m sure you needed your quick fix of Daniel today, and I needed to report my progress on my novel. Hence, this “quickie.”
About three weeks ago, I set out to write a novel in 30 days, before my 35th birthday on June 19th.
Above is the Project Targets window from Scrivener. I absolutely love the Scrivener app. It’s changed everything for me as a writer. This is just one of the many things I love about it. You can set a target date (June 18th for me), tell it which days of the week you’ll be writing, your overall word count goal, and it will calculate your daily goal for you. It will keep that goal updated daily if you write more or less than your daily target. I started at 1,500 words a day, and I actually missed a few days, so as you can see, my target has slipped to needing 2,356 words a day. But if I crank out 1,000 extra words, which I plan to do today, it will readjust and get that daily target back down.
A couple of lessons I’ve learned:
1. The numero uno most important lesson of all time: JUST F*$%-ING DO IT!!!!!!
2. Refer to number uno.
But really, I’ve learned so much about novel-writing that I never would have if I hadn’t challenged myself. Just think, if I crank out a novel each month, how good of a writer will I be in a year from now?
By the way, I deliberately chose not to wait for a group writing experience like NaNoWriMo. (What is Nanoowrimmejiggy? It’s where people around the word write a novel in the month of November) Why? Quite simply, because:
(1) I’m a nonconformist. I do my own f&*%-ing thing
(2) IMPATIENCE is a virtue
Later, I’ll probably go into more detail about some of the specific things I’ve learned, but for now I need to get back to writing. And besides, you can learn everything yourself if you start following your passions every day as well. So what are you waiting for? Be impatient. Start living your dreams now!