I’ve noticed that when I don’t have deadlines, I don’t always push myself when needed. Something like NaNoWriMo really helps me because it’s kind of a lofty (but achievable!) goal that pushes me to write when I may not feel so much like writing.
But NaNoWriMo (or even Camp NaNoWriMo) aren’t for a while yet. And I want to get this draft done. So what did I do? Create my own rather tight schedule that is pushing myself. Each weekday, I am writing 1,000 words. Each weekend, I’m writing a total of 5,000 words. This way, I can achieve my goal of hitting close to 60,000 words before I go on my vacation (where I plan to re-read and edit the crap out of it!)
One thing I didn’t realize would happen was the amount of happiness I get out of seeing myself hit those daily word count goals. And what’s more strange is that I am way happier hitting those goals than I am hitting daily goals during NaNoWriMo.
That’s my lesson learned for the week. Deadlines I set for myself, especially when a little challenging, are so much more rewarding than anything else I could be doing.
If you are struggling getting through a rough chapter or even have a hard time pushing out your novel, try what I’m doing. Maybe don’t set the goal quite as high if it’s not manageable for you, but set a goal none the less.