Last month I began using a spreadsheet to track words written. January's grand total was 14,445 with 10,547 words credited to my current WIP. I challenged myself to do better.
Yes and No.
Here's the tally:
Grand Total for February ~ 17, 375 words written.
Blog ~ 3,685
NKotWB Blog~ 2,073
Season Reviews~ 1,394
Although I surpassed January's total word count, I'm annoyed that I didn't manage more words for my WIP. 324 words short of matching and my goal had been to exceed.
So what happened?
My organizational skills in February were virtually non-existent. Creatively, I felt like I was tied to the end of a bungy cord, flailing all over the place. I really need a schedule. I really hate schedules. Schedules keep me on track. Schedules are stifling, inciting a sense of rebellion.
Believe it or not, I did make a weekend writing schedule. I just didn't follow it. I tried to structure it the same way my work week runs. Problem is, I'm not a morning person by nature. Getting up at 5:30am on Saturday just ain't gonna happen. Even with the alarm set, even with the furbabies pawing at the door, even with Professor X nudging me.
I need a new plan for March. 10,000 words a month for WIP isn't gonna cut the cake. I did 50,000 words in November for NaNoWriMo. I can do it again, right?
I had a little extra help, though. I took some time off work and with a few holiday freebies I gained extra writing days that I don't normally have. Can't repeat that pattern too often, so I need to figure out something that will consistently work for me. I'm thinking about going for a weekly word count goal. I just need to figure out what's doable and stretch it a little.
What about those of you who also shuffle a "day" job with writing? Do you worry about scheduling time to write? Do you hold yourself to a word count or hours spent at the desk? Do you set deadlines for yourself, or do you adopt the attitude, "it'll get finished when it gets finished"?