Discipline and Punish: You Better Work Bitch!


Long time no talk. I’ve been keeping busy lately, working on REWRITTEN (not enough) and doing critiques for a Beta Project I am doing, and reading a lot, and getting caught up on some of the stuff on my DVR.

But as I noted, though I’m working on my book, I’m not getting enough done. I’m doing a Beta Project in the hopes that someone will want to Beta my book, and I’ve already gotten one request! Which is exciting! And scary! But also totally means I need to get my shit together so that I have something for someone to Beta soon. So what to do?

Well, a fellow writer friend recently wrote a blog post about setting goals andWork Bitch crossing off lists and giving stars and what not, and it gave me an idea. I need to start having a daily writing goal and make myself do it. I was somewhat successful at Nano last year, but I only wrote about half of the required writing for the month because there were no consequences. I’m the kind of person who has to have consequences or forget it. Not doing it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love REWRITTEN and I love my MCs and I think about my story all the time. It’s just that I am so easily distracted and like so many things and writing is hard (I say in my most whiniest voice).

But enough is enough. I need to get this stuff done. So, every morning, I am going to give myself a writing goal for the day, and I cannot turn on the TV until I have met that goal. That will be my punishment/reward. For now. Let’s see how it works. Today, my first goal is to write 3k words. I don’t know if I’ve ever written that much in one day, but I’m going to now. I am so close to the end of the first draft (though I have already been working on revisions), and I just need to get it done. If 3k doesn’t get me to the end, it will get me awfully damn close.

So, wish me luck!