Friday, November 29, 2013

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I’ve come to a point in my life where I think I’ve finally hit my writing stride. What I mean by that is that I sit at the computer and put some kind of background noise (I have a couple of great iTunes playlists or I’ll listen to King of the Hill or Bob’s Burgers or 19 Kids and Counting) and I write for at least 1,000 words or I edit at least four pages in a sitting.
During November, since it’s National Novel Writing Month and I was determined to ‘win’ (if you write 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo you’ve ‘won’ and you get a whole bunch of goodies for having won), there were days that I wrote upwards of 6,000 words during the day.
Now when I say that I wrote that many words in a day I don’t mean that I sat down and set six or eight hours aside and just wrote straight through. I don’t have anywhere near the necessary attention span for such an endeavor, but I would write for about 30 minutes and then get up and go do something else for a while or I’d flip over to chrome and check facebook and twitter and tumblr or instagram my progress or something.
I did a lot more writing in one month than I’ve done throughout the entirety of 2013 so far, and since I won NaNoWriMo I’ve been slowing down just a bit but I’m still pushing myself to write at least 1,000 words or edit at least four pages every day. I don’t want to fall out of that habit, mostly because working as slowly as I used to prior to this month has not been working toward my goals.
I’m a bit silly with my goals. I want to have at least thirty actual books out by the time I’m 30. I’ve got about 25 novellas and short stories out right now, but only five things that can actually be considered standalone BOOKS. By mid-January I should have five, but by the end of 2014 my goal is to be up to nine or ten. Eventually I’d like to have as many books out as Stephen King and James Patterson combined. If I ever get to that point I might add Dean Koontz to that list. I really want to be prolific, and I’ve got plenty of story ideas so I think I should be able to do that with relative ease once I finally get to a point where I am actually consistently writing huge amounts of words every single day.