But I've been setting goals with my writing. Most of them have been short term goals and they've helped me focus on what I need to achieve.
So, I declared in my last post that I wanted to achieve a "Race" score of 60. That's a solid goal that will have me writing all year. But, how can I break that down on a shorter basis? Better yet, how can I do that within a system that is already working for me?
Last night I spoke with a friend about this, and we talked about breaking it down. There's several paths to 60. To put some arbitrary numbers to it, let's call it 50 short stories and 2 completed novels. That's a lot, especially for a guy that's only a third of the way through his first novel. But stick with me.
I've kept track for two months of my daily word count. For anyone that wants to know, I wrote 27,000 new words last month. 3000 words shy of my stated goal yes, but the accomplishment still felt good.
I yearn to be more prolific, but I understand what it takes to write at that pace.
like that. So assume I take a day off of writing each week. (I won't, but let's build that into the system.)
So- 6000 minimum words a week. For 52 weeks. That's 312,000 words if I make the goal.
Figure 60,000 words for each of the novels. That leaves 192,000 words. Divide that by 50 short stories. That's 3840 words, which is a pretty good size short story.
Throw in the work I've already put into the first novel and the "Race" score of 12 I currently have and this goal is looking more and more achievable.
Not every writer enjoys math, but man is it working for me.