Gotta get to my goal of 10 stories by the age of 30! It’s been about a week or two where I’ve been lazy about my writing. So now I’ve forced myself to get back into a novella that I wrote on the fly a month or so ago. I’m thinking I might change the name, but I’ll see how I feel about it closer to completion.
I have a goal of writing 10 books by the age of 30. That means I have to publish 6 more in the next 30 months, or a new book every 5 months. At the moment I have The Things We Do in its ?fourth? draft (strangely I haven’t been keeping that much of a record). The first draft of Jump Start is done, I’m halfway through two more novellas (Beyond this Little Moon of Ours and yet-to-be-titled novella) and I have a few other incomplete dormant stories sleeping on my USB.
I’m not one to be motivated by self-imposed deadlines. In fact, I freeze up in fear and have a miniature freakout, despite having gone through university and gotten me a BA and Postgrad Diploma. I like to go my own pace and that pace can be all over the place. Nothing for days and then a few thousand words in one sitting.
What I have is what I now consider a short-term goal (I know, I now consider myself getting old). I’m just starting to get into my groove writing and when I hit thirty I do not know what to expect. I hope I will have reached my goal. I’m certainly going to aim for it. But I wonder how much of my life will be the same or different.
What about you? What are your short and long-term writing goals?
I worry that what I write is not good enough, but I like writing, so I continue.
Can’t I just look at a screen and have it materialized through my thoughts alone!?
Personally, I’ve found that there are a few tips that make writing my books faster.
- Be passionate about writing. Emotions will fuel my desire more than anything else.
- Knowing your destination is half the journey. I usually have a rough idea of where I want a new story to end. That means I have to work out what happens along the way so I can get there.
- Actually, like your story idea. If I don’t then I don’t bother with it.
- Keep at it. It is not the smartest or most talented that succeed, it is the ones that persist the most. Remember brilliant authors started out terrible.
- Have fun and write for yourself. Writing for pleasure takes me further than writing for money or market. If what you’re writing is hard then something is probably wrong with it. ie, number 3, not enough research/limited life understanding, doing it for the wrong reasons.
- Edit like a machine. What I like may not be right for the story and characters I have created. So I change them to make them work for the story’s overall theme/idea.
- If something seems not right, then it’s not right. My intuition about something out of place is usually correct, something I have honed in over time. But it may not be for the reason I think. That’s why it’s best to leave your work for a week or month. Or get others to read it and have them tell you what they think.
- Accept that it will be flawed. To be human is to error and be imperfect. Accepting this view makes me less of a perfectionist and it frees up my mind so that I’m not afraid to write that first draft.
- Forgo other things. Ultimately, like any other skill, the more your write the better you become. To be a great or proficient writer you have to sacrifice the time you would have spent on others things and divert them to sitting in front of a computer. Less time socializing, less time at the gym or doing other hobbies. For some people, this is an issue, but if you think yourself as a full-time writer then it is not.