I even got specific with the goal. I wanted to write 500 new words a day on my current project, a MG historical fantasy. And with February coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to see how I'm doing.
Start Date: Jan. 14th, 2010
Total days so far: 41
Word goal: 20,500
Actual words typed: 13,080
Actual days writing: 23
So, as you can see, I haven't achieved consistency yet. Word count-wise, I'm at about a sixty percent success rate.
Do I feel bad? Not at all!
Sixty percent isn't bad for the first month of a new goal. And what doesn't come out in the numbers is that my husband and I were both sick during this time. I also finished an intensive rewrite on my last book, a rewrite that ate my brain for lunch.
Do I want to keep a writing schedule even if things like that come up? Of course. But this idea is all about practice. You practice your writing, and you practice writing consistently as a habit.
If I did it right the first time, I wouldn't need the practice!*
How about you? How are your goals for the New Year holding up?
*photo from zooborns.com