So last week, we discussed how we don’t have a routine down for writing and that it works for us. Every author is different. Some people need routines. Others work better without them. We might not have a routine set for when we write, but we do set daily goals.
On the weekday, my husband sets a 1200 word count for himself on whatever WIP he’s working on. My word count is 3000 and that’s because I don’t work a job that pays the bills. I often go above this word count on a WIP that I’m just really into. You know those that you go to sleep thinking about and wake up thinking about. I love those pieces. However, I must say that the ones we struggle with are sometimes written better and your writing is better because of the struggle.
Now, on the weekends, because it’s the weekend, sometimes we don’t write at all. Sometimes all we want to do is “goof off” which I believe is healthy. It can’t be work, work, work all the time. Regardless, we usually get some writing done. Not a lot. And that’s because writing for us is a passion. It’s what we love to do, followed closely by reading and playing awesome video games. I have a feeling for the next couple of weeks, we might not get a lot of writing done. Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming out and we have been huge Mass Effect fans for years. So, this is an exciting game for us and we hope it lives up to our expectations. And although we know we’ll be playing a lot of the game, we will still have writing goals. It’ll just be harder to obtain them.
Setting a daily writing goal helps encourage us to write. Let’s face it, there are some days where we just don’t want to write and have to force ourselves. I think that’s one of many writer’s curses. You know you should write, you normally love to write, but for some reason, you can’t bring yourself to actually write.
Just remember, when it comes to writing, daily goals are important to keep you on track. Even if no one sees the manuscript, it is still important to have written it down. Writing every day is what makes us better at what we love to do. The saying practice makes perfect really applies here, though I doubt anyone could ever “perfect” their writing. It certainly improves, but I’m a firm believer that there is always something which can be improved upon.
So, set those goals and enjoy your time writing! Even those difficult scenes can be enjoyable, after the fact.