Lauren’s Lessons Learned: Deadlines

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.

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2 thoughts on “Lauren’s Lessons Learned: Deadlines

  1. I realized the same thing after doing NaNo–without deadlines I will always find something else that takes priority over my word count. Now like you, I set myself a 1000 word goal. I feel very comfortable with this amount. It’s totally doable whether you’re feeling inspired or not. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice.

    • I agree – 1,000 words is the perfect amount. I tend to have my chapters come in around that length, which helps even more because then I’m usually completing a full thought every day.

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