and eventually they add up.
This month I've rejoined novel_in_90
and signed up for a cancer fundraising ride
in July, and my reasons for doing both are the same--I needed goals.
As I've mentioned before, ever since I began supporting the corporate finance databases, I've had trouble balancing the day job and the rest of the life. My DBA responsibilities now involve scheduled work several nights a month as well as the occasional weekend. This was prime writing time, and I found it hard to get into a writing routine, especially in the absence of an externally imposed deadline.
Similarly, this year's bike trip isn't until September. Which seems very far away, and thus I've slacked off on the training, letting myself take a pass when it was too hot/cold/wet.
But time is slipping away, unnoticed, and I realized that it was June and I had nothing to show for the past couple of months. So I gave myself goals. First, Novel in 90, which is a commitment to write at least 750 a day, every day, with the ultimate goal of 67,500 words in 90 days. It worked for me last summer when I was finishing up THE FINAL SACRIFICE, so I decided to give it another spin.
Since Saturday I've written 5,750 words. That's an entire chapter that didn't exist before. All because I was no longer waiting for the right time. I'm not even waiting for the right words. In true Nin90 spirit, I've written paragraphs that I knew were crap, just to keep moving. It's the end results that matter, words on pages. I once heard Nora Roberts tell a room full of writers "I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page." I'm following her example, and so far it's working.
I know I won't get to write every day in the 90. But I'm committed to try my best, and to keep making progress. Small, manageable goals that will add up to the whole.
As for biking, rather than training for a week-long trip in September, I'm now focused on training for a 1 day ride in July. By giving myself a short term goal to work towards you can bet that I'll be out on the road this weekend, regardless of the weather.
Now if only I could figure out a way to write while biking....