I believe in a future where I
will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my
mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love
Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter
& Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale. I also love dabbling
with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a
career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful
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I'm sure many of you are five days deep into the avalanche of words that is NaNo. I commend anyone willing to take on the 50K word writing challenge and I'm in awe of anyone ending the month victorious. With that said, I have started November off strong with my writing (not at a 50K word pace, but a steady--daily pace), and I hope to build on the momentum I've started.
I want to call myself a writer, but when I look back at what I've written over the past year, I can't honestly call myself one. I spent a few months editing and rewriting, I spent a few weeks writing new material, and I wasted quite a few months not moving myself forward with my writing goals at all. If I want to feel confident in calling myself a writer, then I need to write much more than I have this year.
It's always easy to make grand, sweeping goals. Next year will be different. If I use every waking minute of free time, I can knock out three books in the next twelve months. I'm not going to set myself up for failure in this way. Goals are much more manageable when they're small, and small goals that are completed consistently lead to big accomplishments. I don't know what I can produce in the next month or the next week, but I will write 500 - 1000 words today. And tomorrow I'll make the same goal. With that word count, I won't have 50K at the end of the month, but if I'm consistent, I will have a completed draft of my third novel finished by early next year. And to me, that's an exciting goal and a damn fine accomplishment.
Good luck with NaNo. Keep writing. Enjoy the start to the holiday season. I'm looking forward to the release of the Starbucks Christmas blend (decaf for me since I'm still off caffeine). It really signifies the start to the holiday season for me. What about you?