Friday, July 8, 2011
In which I admit to being a Very Bad Girl
Yes, it's true. Yesterday, I fell off the writing wagon. I did not write on my novel at all. Not a single word. I feel slightly soiled, as though I'd directed a sneeze into my shirtsleeve that really should have been sent into a strong, name-brand tissue.
So, I failed to meet my word count. I feel incomplete. Plus, I need a clean shirt.
It's not like I didn't think about the novel yesterday. I spent quite a few hours mulling over the re-plotting I now have to do, since the completion of Scenezilla deposited the story in a place somewhat to one side of where I had originally intended to go from here. What's more, this replotting required me to think in somewhat deeper detail about the circumstances surrounding the story's climax, which I had been putting off until later.
Unfortunately for me, later is now. So I called up my friend and writing buddy to help me brainstorm some of this re-plottage. It helped a lot, but by then, I had some reading to do (I have to keep researching this building a writer's platform business every evening), and then my son came home and talked to me (and you don't refuse communication from a 16-year-old son, you just don't), and then, and then, and then, on into the night.
Bottom line: I let it happen. I allowed myself to not merely miss my quota, but to not even try to reach it. This is simply unacceptable. I will solicit suggestions of appropriate punishments in comments. In the meantime, I'm drafting a sternly worded letter to myself indicating my intense disapproval in the strongest possible terms. (Do not bother to point out that this is effort that could be more productively spent on meeting today's word count, because I am Extremely Outraged. The expression of outrage trumps anything and everything practical. At least, that's what I've learned from watching politics in the past couple of years.)
So, talk to me. Do you have a daily word count goal? If not, why not? If so, how do you feel when you don't reach the goal? What sort of self-talk do you use in response to not making the goal?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to finish that sternly worded letter.
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