Do you ever feel like you’ll never reach “the end?” Maybe you feel so overwhelmed at the scope of writing an entire book that you haven’t even started yet.
You probably have a pretty good idea of what your end goal is, and maybe you’ve even gotten a good start on your book, but then life interrupted, you lost sight of the destination and got distracted…
And no matter how many times you sit down to write, you aren’t getting the words on the page. You begin to feel fatigued, overwhelmed, frustrated. Every step becomes harder to take and longer to complete.
Does this sound familiar?
Imagine what it would be like to know exactly when you are going to write your scenes, when you are going to outline, research, and so on. Imagine having a road map that will take you smoothly from idea to publication, a clear path to the finish line.
In this post, I share 3 questions you need to be asking to make your very own road map to success.
1 | Do you know how many words you can reasonably write in a day? I emphasize reasonably because you can always write more and get ahead, but if you set the goal too high and don’t reach it, you’ll quickly fall behind and once you fall behind, it’s near impossible to catch up. So set a reasonable daily goal. If you’re not sure what’s reasonable for you, experiment for a week or two. Set a block of time each day to write and determine how many words you can comfortably write within that block of time. This is your new goal for writing days (we’ll talk more about writing days vs non-writing days in a later post).
2 | Do you know your genre and estimated total word count? It’s important to determine your genre because this will help you to figure out an estimated total word count. For instance, if you’re writing a fantasy novel, then you’ll have a much higher targeted word count than if you are writing, say, a rom-com. Once you have your estimated total word count, you can divide that number by the number of words you can handle in a day. That is the number of writing days you will need to complete your first draft.
3 | Do you know your most productive time of day? We get advice all the time about how we should write as soon as we wake or before we go to bed. But here’s the thing, everyone has a time of day when they are better at certain tasks. Your goal is to try to schedule your writing time during your most productive and creative time of the day. (Of course, i’s not always possible to write at your ideal time, and that’s okay! But if you can manage it, it will be to your advantage.)
Thinking through these first few questions gives you a better idea of where you’re at and how to get to where you want to go. You can then plan your deadlines from a place of understanding rather than guessing.
Asking and answering these questions may seem a bit daunting at first, but I assure you it makes a difference in the end. Raising these questions will shed a whole new light on your project, giving you a clear and manageable path to follow.
In short, it all comes down to planning your time and your project in such a way that enables you to work more efficiently and seamlessly, eliminating the frustration and procrastination that’s been holding you back. Why not give it a try!
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