Creating a Habit

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in a workshop with fellow authors. It was there I learned something that I had always known deep down in my heart, but it was somehow different hearing it from people I knew and respected. The only way to become a better writer was to write. Not just a little bit of writing a day, or every so often, but routinely, every day. This meant anywhere from writing 2,000 – 10,000 words a day, which honestly had me chuckling to myself. I can knock that out during NaNoWriMo months sure, but all the time? Is that humanly possible?

The more I thought about it, I thought, why shouldn’t it be? During NaNo months I train myself to do it for a full 30 days, aiming for that 50k finish line. The first few times I did this, most of my manuscript turned out to be trashed, but the more I’ve done it the better I’ve become with drafting. I’ll do some edits while I go through, I’ll make notes of things I know I’ll need to change down the road for continuity, but overall I already know what I’ll be editing when I finish this draft and move to the next stage. It’s just actually going back and making those fixes. So why shouldn’t I be able to knock out 2k/day or so?

I’m a big believer in the fact that we hold ourselves back. We build things up to be bigger than they really are in our minds, and when confronted, those barriers tend to come down fairly easily. I believe that our creative limitations work the same way. Sure, I don’t expect to be able to write 2k words a day every single damn day, but I’m going to try. I want to have about an 80% rate of succeeding in that word count goal because I know I can do it. It’s just building it into a habit and sticking to it.

And so far, I think I’ve been pretty successful!

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the city of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the High Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.

When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.

THE SEEKING is a YA dark fantasy novel

Words Written:
2/11 – 2,229
2/12 – 2,116

Current Word Count: 45,949

Progress:
This book is a series of safe relief moments followed but utter terror. I really like that tbh.

Next Up:
Just when you thought you had gotten the hang of what to expect, suddenly something entirely different comes out at you.

Commentary:
Moving up towards that 60% mark, steady and surely. I’m really proud of being able to pick up the pace on this piece again and to really let it keep going. I think I’m really figuring out what makes these characters tick more and more and it makes me so pleased to see their journey spread out onto the pages. This is definitely going to be a roller coaster ride of a novel when I get done, so I’m sorry about that dear readers, but you know, you kind of expected that didn’t you?

Next up: coming to terms with some pretty terrible stuff yet again, and figuring out what to do with it. Will it be a hindrance or can it be used to an advantage? We learn that not every Gray Person is the same.

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