Sunday, March 20, 2011

Checking in on your commitments...

You made a commitment to your writing this year, didn't you? Right? Right???

It has been three months since the start of the New Year so let's take a look at how your dreams and aspirations held up to the real world. LOL

If you did not make a commitment to your writing, how about doing one now? Seldom do amazing things in life just happen by chance or luck. The things that really matter usually require dedication, persistence, and patience.

Writing your book or selling your book are perfect examples.

But let's say for the purpose of this blog that you did take me up on my "Absolutely No Excuse" challenge to write your book, and market it, this year.

By now, writing 25 pages a week so you should be at about 200 pages.

For YA, you are in the home stretch.
For many genre novels you are over 2/3 there.
For larger works you are 1/2 through.

Doesn't it feel great???

Oh, wait. You mean you aren't at 200 pages?

Let's see... Life got busy. The kids got soccer. Your boss expects overtime.

Ok, no worries. Let's be realistic and cut the hopeful page count in half.

So, awesome! You've got 100 pages of your novel done!!!

What? Not even 100 pages?

That's okay too, because I am not here to guilt you (perhaps in other blogs, but not this one - LOL).

I am just here to remind you how much you love your story.

How excited you were when you first sat down to write your book. How many hopes and dreams you had when you could see your book, written, in your mind.

I am a big believer in the 'never too late' motto.

Ok, so life got in the way. Your dedication wavered. That doesn't mean you can't re-commit. It doesn't mean that you can't find a way to time manage better.

All you have to decide is... how important is your story to you?

Then, once that is decided, simply.... act like it :-)

P.S. I wanted to thank everyone that shouted me out, DMed me and commented on this blog. Your kind words really were appreciated.

With that said, my schedule is so busy that I think I am going to take a month-ish long break from the blog and radio show until May when my two large projects are done.

I will however still be on Twitter so feel free to hit me up there!

Until May (when you should have another 100 pages done BTW. I may be gone, but don't worry, I will still be cracking the whip in the background :-)


  1. Ha! I loved seeing this post and reminding myself that I really need to write that 1K I said I'd write every day.....oops.

    Hope you get loads done on your break! :)

  2. My goal was 5 hours a week and I'm proud to say I'm on track times two. I think blogging is what makes the difference, that weekly commitment to deliver posts.