M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest

Word goal for the week: 7 500 words
Word count so far: 2 200 words

I am oh so very lucky.

Because my hubby-to-be has a successful business (working 75 to 80 hours a week, but who’s counting), I am able to work from home.

No commuting for hours, no what-to-wear drama in the morning. Now, I can use some of that extra time to write. Some, yeah… Convincing a kid to stop moving so I can brush hair and help put clothes on takes up more time then one would care to guess.

This week might be different though since I will be all by myself with the kid, the work, the house-work and… no laptop.

Hubby-to-be is taking my very best friend, old Mac laptop, with him on a business trip.

I still have access to a computer, and all my files are secure, and everything will be fine, BUT, I am dreading the lost of my just newly re-established writing routine.

I often heard on AuthorTube channels or read on blog posts that jazzing up the writing routine can help boost creativity, see things differently, with a fresh angle.

I am ready to believe it, even if past experiences prove that I am way less productive in a coffee shop or at a library then at home.

We’ll see.

Until next time, thanks for tagging along!

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It is very easy.

Clear all the work/chores plan for Monday in order to be able to devote your time to a new writing project for which, technically, you are already falling behind.

Then, sit down with a nice mug of tea and write.

Just write.

Words.

On the blank page, right there.

Well, go on m’ dear!

Where is my new project syndrome?

Everybody heard of that one. The first 10K words are flowing out of your brain and onto the page.
It feels like you will be done with the first draft in the next three weeks, and it will be the best novel ever, and this one will be published for sure…

Desillusion soon kicks in, of course, no worries there. And as long as you are prepared for it, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the new project syndrome vibe while it last.

Thing is, I am not having it. At all. Rien de rien.

The outline is clear. In chapter 1, main character does this, she meet X, faces a surprising situation and boom, we fall into chapter 2, take action and move on to more good stuff.

When I outlined it, I was super excited about it.

When it was time to write that first scene, words were very hard. And it felt boring, because I already knew exactly what needed to happen, and how.

It took me 5 hours to hit 1000 words. 5 fridgin’ hours !!! I have to step on it if I want to be done by the end of March 2020.

I will get over it. I have too. I’m getting behind on my goals already. But I am already toying with the idea of throwing away the outline I spent hours developing.
I am wasting even more time following it…

Anyway, I have to girl up and work harder and conquer this week 7 500 words goal.

Thanks for tagging along in this crazy writing adventure!

Writing goals are super important, in my humble opinion.

Especially for me, since I’m an aspiring author with a day job, a kid, a need-to-read habit. Plus, more often then I care to say, I play video games as soon as I wake up.

Keeping a word count and stick to word count goals: those writing tips changed my writing game.
Before embracing the writing goals, it would take me 3, 4, even 5 years to finish a book.
Granted, I considered writing as a hobby (and one I would never tell my family about, simply because they all thought writing is a useless waste of time that doesn’t even pay well; they still do), but even then… come on girl!

Writing goals really helps me to stay motivated, it pushes me forward.

2019 YA-WIP goals

I started the new writing project early in September.

By now, I did some research, wrote backstories for the main characters, wrote an outlined. So I feel semi-confident I will be able to finish 2019 YA-WIP in 3 months.

Before I set my writing goals, I look at the family calendar. For us, autumn is birthday season, plus Holidays. How on earth will she find time to write, some may ask?
I work from home. The time I spent in the commute, I now can sometimes spend on writing.

I couldn’t even dream of finishing a book in 3 months when I was working in retail stores. Even less when I got to work in official offices, alongside official adults (often younger than me) doing adults stuff, like talking about their pools and their next vacations in a resort near the ocean.

I am in total WOW, like bowing deeply, at all those aspiring authors out there who make it happened while having to get out of the house 5 or 6 times a week and work for 8 to 10 hours, often surrounded by people. W.O.W.

On with the writing goals, ambitious (for me) but do-able:

  • 85 000 words
  • 7000 words a week
  • 1400 words a day

Deadline : December 31st

I will not, however, drive myself crazy with this deadline, nor with the writing goals. I will do everything I can to reach them, but I also don’t want to get mad if I don’t make it to 1 400 words one day, or feel like a darn looser if the first draft is not finished by December 31st.

Writing is my happy place, and I want it to remain that way.

Until next time !

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