My 100000 Word Summer
I have one week left of this Summer-long project, and it is definitely starting to feel a lot more like Autumn, with October beckoning around the corner.
I’ve found myself missing a number of writing days lately, partly down to illness and partly down to self-sabotage. The thing with being a writer is that there is no one there to set me deadlines and chase me, to get me to hit that word count.
It’s all down to me. I set the rules. I set the deadlines, and I am the one responsible for motivating myself.
On the days when I’ve written, I can at least say that I don’t feel like a failure. I can feel like I’ve actually achieved something, and for the most part, I like what I’ve written on those days (Muriel’s screaming and comments are resolutely ignored).
My word count currently sits at 94,260, so I think, as long as I can stay on track, I should be able to hit my target.
In doing this project, I have actually learned quite a lot:
Firstly, that writing, even if it’s only for a measly ten minutes a day, lifts my mood. It makes me feel as if I’ve achieved something, and sometimes, that’s just enough to keep me from despair.
Secondly, that writing is a lonely craft and that I have to discipline myself. No one is going to sit me down and make me write — that job falls to me alone.
And, thirdly, that it is important that my goals are somewhat flexible, and that I should revisit, review, and revise them accordingly, rather that continuing to press forward with a goal that is unreachable.
So, as I head into this final week, I plan to write every day, and to strive to get these last few thousand words on the page 🙂
See you on the other side…
Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.