Friday, May 4, 2012

To Be A Real Writer

So, yesterday I realized that I have talent.
I know this...most of the time.
But sometimes I forget.
Okay, maybe I forget a lot.

Discouragement plagues me very easily.
Hearing five strangers express love for my writing reminded me that I can do this.

I can be A REAL WRITER.

Steve Fraser said that you become a professional writer the moment you start acting like one.
I'm learning that I need to start being a professional writer.
Not just that I need to attend conferences and read books.
I need to write.
write.
WRITE.

So here is my plan as of TODAY.
In November I want to do NANOWRIMO. I have no idea what that stands for...basically it means that you write an entire novel in one month.

I decided that rather than waiting until November to start this, I'm going to work my way into it. I'm going to do my pre-season exercises.
Here's my plan:

May
250 words per day
or  (because I know there will be days I will miss)
1750 words per week
or (just because I thought it would be cool to calculate and see)
7750 words per month

June
500/day
3500/week
15000/month

July
750 /day
5250/week
22500/month

August
1000/day
7000/week
30000/month

September
1250/day
8750/week
37000/month

October
1500/day
10500/week
46500/month

November
2000/day
1400/week
60000/month

I have no idea how many words I need for my current novel. I'm currently at about 11,500 words. That doesn't sound like a lot...and it's not. But, my style is not wordy. So I hope that it doesn't need more than another 22750 words to be done.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams has 29347 words.
This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis is 28326 words.
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is only 13157 words.

If I can finish this one book, then I know I can write another.
If I can learn to follow this schedule of mine, then I can be a real writer.
The kind that gets to only be a writer.
The kind without a "day job".
The kind that travels and lives and writes and gets books published.

Write on!

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're training for a marathon. :) And I like it.

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    1. it is kinda like training for a marathon....maybe I'll do one of those for real someday...but now is writing time. I'm glad you like it :)

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  2. You can do it. I know you can. And if you fall off the horse, just remember that real writers don't even ride horses. They walk. Slowly. Through fields of daffodils.

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  3. Hooray! It stands for Nation Novel Writing Month. Or, more accurately, NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth.

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