Monday, April 13, 2009

Out of Reach

Word Goal. I can never reach you. You hover in the distant, an unattainable destination. Why did I even create you?

I guess because I was high on writer's adrenaline. I sat down and thought if I write such-and-such amount of words in a day then I will have a book NEXT MONTH! And then I can submit my book in THREE MONTHS!

But you are just too good for me. I thought I was being reasonable and even liberal when I imagined you into my life. But I was wrong. So wrong.

What if I made you even smaller? Would I be good enough for you then? Would I?

Yeah, right. Even if I commanded you at 50 words a day, you would still somehow elude me.



  1. Been there. In fact, I've never been able to keep a daily word count. Some days, I'll write 2000 words. Other days, none at all.

    Overall, I try not to let more than a few days pass without writing at least something, but I don't fret over it.

  2. Hi Heidi! Whatever I write, I write, right? That's good. No pressure. And deadlines. Yes, On one hand the deadline is liberating. On the other hand, if I have a deadline that means I'm doing something right.

  3. LOL You're hilarious! Some of us are not meant to make word goals. You might be that person. :-) Have you thought of just writing a scene a day? Maybe that will be less ... elusive. LOL

  4. Cute. You know what? Being in a hurry to finish anything is NEVER good. Just let it come as it comes. Have the goal, but don't write anxiously!

  5. I didn't really mean to say blooger, Blogger.

  6. Patti-I procrastinate, too, but an alpha reader is the perfect remedy. Speaking of which, I have to give mine the next installment.

  7. A daily goal rarely works for me. One day I'll be on a roll and go way over my daily goal, and the next I'll have little - if anything - to say, as if I used up all those thoughts and words the day before. Maybe you're the same way? I also tend to speed up toward the end, when I know exactly where I'm headed, so I can make up for lost time that way. Or you could skip around, addressing the parts you do know and can write plenty about, and then going back to the others later.

  8. Caryn-Hmmm...I think I see what you are saying. If I have a profusion of creativity, the next day is bound to be a bum day. I hope that the speed does pick up as I write. I am not sure about the skipping around. I've found that I am very much a linear writer. At least for now.

    Jenni-I see what you are saying-that a higher word goal can make you reach higher. And sadly, my mailbox laughs at me when I open in. No book. Maybe it fell into the ocean on the flight over.