I like the idea of a daily goal, with maybe a break on Saturday (Super-Family-Fun-Day). But where the hee-haw do I start?
Some of the bigger named folks I've run across have the following daily goals:
- 1,000 words a day
- 3 pages a day
- 1 section a day
- 1 chapter a day
- 1 blog post a day
- 2,000 words a day
- 300 words a day
But think about it. If you don't make a goal one day, then chances are you're not going to feel great about it. And if you are trying to work up a good habit, that wouldn't be a great way to start. I'm pretty new to the idea of writing prolifically so I would rather start slow. I also know a thing or two about goals and the way the mind works with them.
So, as a newbie, I think 300 words a day would be great. I will set aside daily time to pound out 300 words. (which, with certain exercises, can be as little as 5 minutes of hardcore writing) That way, I'll almost always continue to write beyond the 300 word goal and not be overly burdened if I have a string of rough days. A great way to start a good habit.
Now, I don't plan to count emails, or texts, or things like that. I mean to say 300 words focused on either a blog post, short story, or the next book. Period.
I think this will be a good move. This will be a good move. I'll bump up the count when I can trade my day job for the writing jobs. :)
How about you - are writing goals part of your forward plans?