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Never stop dreaming, 'cause the day you stop dreaming, is the day you stop living.

Write or Die: Goals

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My earlier blog was the last thing I wrote. I haven’t written anything for a good two weeks, if not more; this is something I want to change. Fighting to keep up with college, work and general life makes it difficult to find time to write properly. However, I came to the conclusion I need to make time, instead of wait for it to come to me. If I keep waiting, I’ll die before it finds me.

I intend to use National Novel Writing Month as a base for my writing. There’s no beating around the bush: I failed this November, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it. Maybe I need to start with a smaller goal and work my way up. As long as I get some words down on paper, it’s an improvement. To help along the way, I’ll be setting a daily word count for myself.

1,000 words.

While I’m sure I’d be able to write more, I don’t want to overdo it and the last thing I need is for my writing to feel like a chore. I’ve learned from experience that when a battle to get words down begins, my muse and my will implode. I need to prevent that from happening. A very doable daily word count and not pushing myself too hard – it’s the ideal situation to get myself into gear.

With a four-day weekend ahead of me, freed from college and work, it’s the perfect time to get it started. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be on a roll and write more than I intend to. If that’s the case, it’s an added bonus; one I will gladly embrace.

With the prologue and three chapters of my novel finished, I don’t want to give up. I’ve spent too much time developing this story, this series, to do that. September 30th, 2008 is when I started writing this idea. A lot has changed since then and after many writer’s blocks, rethinking the overall idea and planning, I’ve finally gotten it to a point where I’m happy with it. Now, the time has come for me to get more written – to expand the 8,247 words I wrote for the first chapters.

This word count will help me reach my goal.

This word count will help me finish the first book and allow me to move on to the second.

This word count will help me live.

Do you have any experience with writing goals? How do you prefer to write: With goals, or just as is?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

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