I write because that is who I am….
I’m an author, because I’m published (woot)…
As an author who cares about her readers, I’m always trying to improve my craft… quality counts in this business. But quantity also counts, and I feel like I’ve failed a bit in that department. Looking over my productivity for 2010, I averaged 9000 words a month. Not bad unless you compare it to years past where I was chugging out as many as 25000 words a month. And in less time to write (ouch).
I’d like to blame a lot of things…my family who demands that I feed and nurture them, my friends who, for whatever reason, still like to see me in person on occasion, and that evil demon social networking. The truth is even uglier. Me. I’m the one to blame for not writing more. Time and time again, I would sit down at the computer and not write. I tweeted, I posted on my wall, I blogged (which does count, but only a little)… however, the words that needed to go into my work in progress were often put off until the next day, or the next, or the next. In fact, looking at my “timecards” as you might call them, whole weeks went by without me writing anything at all.
Guess this is why I had only one release last year.
The good news? It’s never too late to turn things around.
My resolution…if I turn on the computer, I must write 100 words into my WIP. If I Facebook or tweet, I owe 100 words to my WIP. If I have a houseful of company, sick kids, and/or a dead computer, I can write 100 words (longhand) for my WIP.
So there you have it. I’m on day 4 (because I procrastinated making a resolution until the 3rd of January. So, sue me). It’s looking good so far! Now, I just have to keep up the progress for 357 more days!