Today I crossed the threshold of ten thousand words for the year, and it’s taken me eight days to get there, though I’m not done writing for the night.
That’s an average of 1250 words per day, which is slightly below half of where I need to be if I’m going to hit my one million words for the year. Again, I’m not sure why I set the bar so high, given how much difficulty I traditionally have just making my fifty thousand words during November for NaNoWriMo, but there it is. What would be nice would be to actually catch up over the next week so that I’m not behind my word count for the entirety of 2012. It would be very nice to be able to say that I was actually on par at some point, even if it’s at the complete beginning.
I have a week off work, which should help, but it still won’t be easy. I’m definitely going to have to buckle down and be diligent about not only finding time to do some writing, but I’ll also have to be very good about how I use my time. I tend to be a very distracted writer. I’ll write a couple of hundred words, then go off to do something else. It’s how I tend to do most of my tasks, breaking them down into manageable chunks and interleaving several of them together, so that I’m doing bits and pieces of several things and by the time I’m done (hopefully) everything is finished that I wanted to finish.
Usually I try to do non-writing things as palate cleansers for writing activities, but I’m going to need to find a way of getting more writing done while I’m in front of my computer. Games aren’t a big issue, since the only thing I’ve really been playing a lot of recently is Skyrim, and that’s on the PS3 so more is involved in getting that game started than say, virtual farming or some such thing, but I’m very susceptible to spending an hour on the Internet when I only intended to go for five or ten minutes to check email or see what’s popped into my RSS feed.