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.
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:
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
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.