Awhile back, I adopted Write Faster as my motto. I didn’t take this to mean, write shittier. I took it to mean stop goofing around. Write every day. Write more. Don’t think you’re finished for the day because you have three pages. Still, I kept on thinking I was finished for the day after I had three pages. Sometimes if I had only two. That’s because my New Year’s resolution this year was to write 500 words a day. I’ve kept that resolution, and look: there are only 99 days to go! I’ve written three new full-length plays, one new ten minute play, had a play reading in NYC, a play produced on live TV, a full length play staged in Fertile Ground, published The Hounding in both eBook and paperback, wrote a poem a day in five months of this year (about 150 new poems!), and am seven chapters into my newest work-in-progress (WIP).
Am I satisfied? No. Why not, she asks. Because I know I could do better. I’m not applying myself as the teachers say on one’s report card. I can write faster. When I won a writer’s residence for six weeks in a mountain cabin (alone) in the winter, I thought I’d set a goal of 100 pages a week. That sounded reasonable to newbie me. So I did it. In five weeks. Came home early. I didn’t even write every day. On the days I wrote, I wrote thirty pages. I found I could write six pages an hour sometimes. Was it all golden? Of course not. But it was thirty pages a day! Good grief.
What am I doing about my dissatisfaction? I hereby commit to writing two chapters on the WIP from now until November 1 or until I complete The Illustrious Client, whichever comes first.
On November 1 I begin NaNoWriMo. Some of you will have heard of it. It is a program in which thousands of writers pledge to write a novel in the 30 days of November, at least 50,000 words which will be verified by NaNoWriMo online. If you finish, you win. If you win, there are prizes, like having Create Space publish your novel for you and give you five free copies of it.
I have an idea for that novel I wish to write in November, but it is a fuzzy idea at best. No title, no characters, no time, no setting, nothing at all nailed down. Yet. I just know it will be very dark. And a thriller. Probably with dark humor.
Meanwhile, I will spend less time on social media as I work on the WIP. I will continue my daily walks, might even take to pacing like Shirley Combs…
All encouragement appreciated. (Feel free to buy my book for your friends and family. It now includes Chapter One of The Illustrated Client at the back of it.) http://www.amazon.com/Hounding-Shirley-Combs-Watson-Adventure/dp/1475129211/ref=la_B005HEWFCK_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348425254&sr=1-1