I started this blog mainly as a way to track my progress on my summer resolutions, and now its been a whole year. I’ve gone from not being able to pull 1,000 words a week to doing 2,100 every week. I’m still not up to the (overly optimistic) 750 that I wanted to be doing back then, but I know that isn’t realistic this year either because of all the traveling I’ll be doing. And I’m giving up on Russian, for good this time. I checked out the book again from the library, but I didn’t even crack it. Now is not a good time for me to be learning a whole bother language.
Which leads me to the topic of this post–what will this year’s Summer Resolutions look like?
Part of me (the small child on crack part) wants to shriek I will write 750 words per day without fail! I pinky swear! Then the logical part of me says “Yes, I realize that you won’t have school. But you’ll still be traveling for at least 3-4 weeks of your 12 week summer. Do I need to remind you exactly how productive you are in a small hotel room with other people? And how much you procrastinate over 300 measly words a day?”
My logical part makes my inner crack-addict-child throw temper tantrums.
There are some more tangible projects that I would like to finish this summer. I have two short stories going right now; I’d like to get at least one of them done. I also have the infamous Horribly Bad Short Story that I want to finally sit down and edit. And I’m working on a rather lengthy fanfic project (I know, I know, not real writing) that I want to finish and then start posting.
Ideally, I’d get done the first draft of my novel, but I’m aiming more for November with that. What needs to happen is at least a rough outline, so I can start being more productive during my writing time and less head-banging-on-keyboard-y.
I do want to up my wordcount. I was thinking 500, but I know I probably can’t do that while traveling. Maybe I’ll do a week at 400,and drop it down to 350 (50 words, objectively, is not a lot. But for me that last 50 is always the hardest) if its not working out. But the point of this is to push myself, not to be comfortable, and I need to remember that.
If I’m staying up till the wee hours typing because I didn’t start until 11:30 then I need to restructure my day, not cop out. The problem, I think, is that I am pretty lazy. But that’s why I have a blog to keep me honest, right?