You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury~

13 January 2010

Thank You Miss Jade!

I love my blog friends.

Especially Jade.

I've been struggling with my New Year's goals, not at all succeeding. Jade Pointed me to an article on a blog that I am now officially in love with, which led me to another article that has really kicked me in the rear and got me motivated to work.

I am determined to succeed this year.

Word counts are a good tool for some people. I don't think they are for me. I get too hung up on the word count and lose sight of the words. I'm not going to finish a good piece of work if I continually put out 1k of rubbish every day. I need to focus on the quality of my work. Focusing so har on word counts hinders my ability to communicate with my characters. I can't hear what they're telling me about their lives and the story if my eyes are glues to a word counter.

Quantity and quality go hand in hand for a lot of writers, like Lori and Scarlett and I admire them for that ability.

I don't have it.

I need to spend an hour or two a day to start with and work to produce good quality work, let my characters speak to me. I also need to put aside my poetry for a couple months and really focus on Leanna and her struggles. I need to put her pain on paper. She's had a rough time of it and she deserves it. I know I probably sound crazy, talking to my characters, discussing them as though they are real, but it's my job to make them real and talking to them is the only way that I know how to do that.

So. New New Year's writing goals:

1. Write every day. At least an hour a day. Aim for two. Aim for quality. Let the characters in. It is their story, after all.
2.Finish a MS. At least one. Possibly two. I CAN do it. I know it.
3. Put aside poetry anthology for a few months, then go back to it and work hard on it. There's a lot of good material there. It deserves my time, too, just not right away.

I am determined. I am committed. I am strong. I can do this.



  1. I'm the same way. I get so hyperfocused on word count, I lose my way. You're right, we need to readjust our thinking!

  2. I'm glad the article helped you out too. The moment I stopped stressing myself about word counts, I started writing again. Decent stuff at that. Such a relief.

    Good luck with your goals, I know you can do it.