'Tis the final week of 2014 and I plan to spend some of it preparing for my writing group's, the Saskatchewan Romance Writers, writing challenge. It started as a Book-In-A-Week (BIAW) kind of idea but has been reshaped into a writing challenge that allows us to work on whatever we want however we want for as long as we want within the month of January. It's also the perfect month because it can get really, REALLY cold here in January and we tend to hibernate when not forced to go out which is conducive to writing.
We host the opportunity for these marathon writing sessions two or three times a year. Generally none of us participate in NaNoWriMo. Varied writing styles and varied lifestyles make NaNo impractical and we're always in various stages of a project. But a core group of us love to write together, so to speak. We like to be encouraged, or pay it forward. We like to see how each other is doing and cheer or commiserate.
Everyone sets their own goal. Here's mine: 750 words a day.
I'm working on a new project. The third and final book in my Aspen Lake series. I have just over 11,000 words already. Another 23,500 will bring me to approximately the halfway point in the first draft. I like to write the first half of the book first and revise before going on to write the last half, or the next quarter of the book. This is what works for me. However, because I'll be using Scrivener I'll also be jumping all over the place as the mood or ideas hit. I love Scrivener because it makes it easy for me to do this. All I have to do is tweak it.
But in the end those are just numbers. I think you need to have a sense of the numbers or your projections for your work. A knowledge of your writing style and what works for you. Your timeline and when you want to finish. If I'm finding myself lost or uncertain at any point I don't keep writing for writing sake just to meet a goal. You have to go with your gut too. I may have to get out pen and paper and start working on 'what ifs' or different scenarios. It doesn't matter. It's all part of the process and leading you towards your end goal.
The main thing is we're writing. We're making writing an important part in starting off our year. How about you? New projects? Writing goals for 2015? For January? We love it when you share!