Just write: Self-shaming Sunday update

What a difference a week can make.  You may recall that this time last week, I was wallowing in a big old vat of homebrewed self-pity, bemoaning my inability to make any meaningful progress toward the completion of my novel, Retribution.  If you don’t remember or have not read my previous blog entry, you may do so [here].

In lieu of making an all-encompassing New Year’s resolution to finish Retribution by some arbitrary date, I decided to make myself word count goals.  When I dropped a good bit of weight several years back, this is how I did it.  I set 10 pound goals for myself.  As I progressed and met a goal weight, I reset it.  It is a practice that carries over into my daily workouts.  Now I use it to increase my stamina.  I call it my five-minute rule.  As I get stronger, I add five minutes to the end of my elliptical or bike work out.  I have found that I can put my body through just about anything for five minutes.

So, I had an idea.  (Cue the animated light bulb.)  Why not do the same thing as it relates to my writing?   I am convinced that by applying the same school of thought that I used for dropping 50 pound, I will finish my novel.   It might take me until the end of summer, but at least I will make noticeable progress, instead of floundering out in the wind, waiting for the book to miraculously write itself.

Last week I set a word count goal for myself.

Write 3000 words in Retribution by the next Sunday.

DSC01554This is how my numbers progressed:

Last week: 24940 words

This week:  28089 words

Last week: 129 pages

This week: 144 pages

That is a grand total = 3149 words written this week in Retribution.  Goal met.

Next week’s goal:  3500 words.

I’m going to call it my 500 word rule.

Baby steps.