Friday, May 30

Writing Goals, Writer's Block, and doing the two-step with Depression

Happy Friday!
Yikes. Is it really Friday?? 
That means tomorrow is Ferndale Pride!  I hope to see any of you who live locally in downtown Ferndale tomorrow afternoon. 

I'll be hanging out at the AIDS Partnership Michigan table in front of Affirmations from 3 until about 6. You can't miss me; I've got a floppy straw hat with a rainbow rim (it's my gardening hat!) and if that's on my head, my neon blue hair is pretty darned hard to miss!

Today being Friday, and near the end of the month also means that Sunday (the 1st of June) is the day I said I was going to buckle down and get back to some serious writing--and that means setting a writing goal. I know the goal I'd like to set, but I'm going to shoot for "realistic" rather than kill myself   :)  (We're still working on the house, after all).  And I'm asking all of YOU for help. If I look like I'm slacking off, poke me, prod me, nag at me in an email or on Facebook

My goal is to write 75,000 words a month

That sounds big, but it breaks down to a little over 2800 words a day, 7 days a week (although the beauty of a monthly goal is that if you miss a day, you can make it up the next day).  Typically, that's a very do-able number for me, but the last year or so, I've suffered from dreaded writer's block and had some depression issues (I actually may talk to my doctor if it gets bad again next fall; right now I'm sussing out whether it's seasonal or just stress in general--as some of you know, it's been a rough couple of years on several fronts in my personal life. I finally started calling a spade a spade--admitting that yes, it's depression--and getting some help, which has, funny enough, helped tremendously! I guess that's why they call it "help" *G*  Hey, we all have the right to be a little slow on the uptake sometimes) 

Anyway, the "catch" with my writing goal (if you can call it that) is that it doesn't matter *what* I write, as long as it contributes to my overall progression as an author. Blog posts count. Work on any novel or short story counts. I have several WIPs (two above and at least one that's been pecking at my brain that may end up in the top bar). My newsletter (which has been hiatus) not only counts, but is an absolute MUST. Starting in June, it will be going back out every month, just like before. (I really do feel like I've been in a fog since sometime last fall and I'm only just starting to come out of it). Work on my non-fiction, non-romance book counts too. (I'm writing a book about the Anglo-Saxon Runes. I won't give you guys major details as it's so not what this blog is about, but I'll at least post word counts when I get from the research stage to the writing stage). 

So I'm not concentrating on writing a book every other month (which is about what I'd been trying to do and it just wasn't working). I'll finish what I finish when I finish it (as long as I don't end up with eight started stories that don't progress past the first three chapters!) I'll post updates here or on my Facebook page. And you can feel free to nag at me if I'm not keeping up my end.  

And now, I'm off to the gym, because road trips are fun, but they play merry havoc on the diet! (I swear, what is it about sitting in a car for 9 hours that makes me perpetually hungry??)

Happy Friday, everyone!


4 comments:

gracerduncan said...

Hi honey! I love the idea of a bigger word count but making sure blog posts, newsletters, etc. count toward that. I write a LOT of blog posts and such and I always wonder if I should count them or not. But really, it's writing, it's FOR my career, so it should, shouldn' it?

You rock and I look forward to so much more from you. I'll help cheer you on (and poke you if needs be)!

Sara said...

Wishing you all the best with your goal, sounds good!

And I totally get depression. Wishing you the best with that, too.

H.B. Pattskyn said...

Thanks Grace and Sara!! :) It's getting better. Either the sun or the fact that we're moving or winter finally being over has helped tremendously.

Sara said...

I'm glad to hear it's getting better! Seasonal depression is definitely a real thing that can compound situational or clinical depression.