The main reason for that: It was pretty embarrassing how much time I spent thinking about writing but not actually writing. Some days would start with me getting a few words down, reading over those words, editing them, and then daydreaming about my characters.
But I've evolved.
Or at least I'm trying to. According to the post on Writer Unboxed it takes a while for new habits to sink in, as long as sixty-six days. I've given myself a goal of writing at least 1,000 words every day for three months in an attempt to get into "shape." 1,000 words might not seem like a lot, but I figured I'd be a lot more likely to stick with this goal if I didn't push myself too hard.
Today was the first day of my journey to being a better writer and it went well. With the help of Written? Kitten! and Pandora those words flew onto the page. I've had enough of those days spent not writing. I want to be able to declare that I've finished writing yet another novel. With my old process, that would take months, years if I completely stopped trying. This is my plan:
CHANGING MY PROCESS
- I will write at least 1,000 words every day, usually as soon as I wake up.
- I will not edit anything until I've hit my word count goal.
- I will not let the internet interfere with my writing.
I'm feeling very optimistic.