I'm so excited to host multi-published author Jennifer Shirk. If you're not familiar with her blog, go check it out today! It's full of fun stuff.
Hi, all! Jennifer here!
Julie was kind of enough to have me on her blog today so I could talk about
I’ve noticed lately that perception has been a key factor in me writing more.
What does that mean exactly?
Well, one of the things that I learned when I took The Fast Draft class earlier this year was how much more doable page count sounded than actual words. For example, if I set a daily goal of “2 pages” that sounds like nothing, right? (For some it is. But 500 words for me is decent unless I have a few hours to write)
But… when I sit to write “500 words” instead of “2 pages” (same exact thing), I tend to agonize over each word to make sure they all add up. And if I end up writing 490 words instead of the 500, I feel like a failure and it actually DEPRESSES ME.
However, if I pledge to write 2 pages, I don’t get hung up on writing the individual words and I actually tend to write faster and sometimes even more. Before I know it, I’ve written 2 pages and I have the rest of my day to myself. I made goal and I’m done.
What happens more times than not is that after I write the 2 pages, I go and do errands or clean and because I have the time, I can sit and write another page or two not worrying if I do or not because I already made my goal anyway.
See? Mind over matter.
It’s funny that I need to resort to tricking myself. But it seems to work for me and I don’t get stressed about writing or not writing enough.
Try changing your goals to page counts instead of words and see if it works for you, too!
By the way, I have a new sweet romance out with Entangled today called
I’ll be happily giving away an ebook copy to some lucky commenter!
Here’s a little bit about it:
Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad.
Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, though they drifted apart years ago. But as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. And when he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their attraction flares back to life.
Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can two friends take a chance on love when it means risking everything?
How do you set your writing goals? By page count or word count?