Now that novel's edited, revised, beta-ed, re-revised, and floating in the Magical Land of Query. On to the second book.
But my old system's not working for me this time around. It's not lack of time...I have more now than I did when I wrote the first book! For some reason I just couldn't sit down and write. 2,000 words was daunting - I couldn't even break 1,000.
Then, inspired by the always-fabulous Holly Lisle, I set a simple goal: 250 words a day. And if I missed a day, oh well. 250 the next day, no making up for it, just moving onward. Easy as pie.
The logic is, of course, that even if you only write one sentence a day, eventually there will be a completed first draft. Any words are better than no words at all.
And 250 words is a pretty attainable goal for anyone - as of this sentence, I've already written over 150 words. But changing my mentality about my word count goals had a funny effect.
For several days now, I've hit 800-1000 words in one sitting without breaking a sweat. Writing is fun again. Something about going from "I only made half my goal today" to "I freaking QUADRUPLED my word count goal for today!" makes it a lot easier to sit down and write. Never mind that the numbers are the same.
So what about you? Do you have any tricks or tips for getting some kind of writing result?