Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2000 a day might be a bit Crazy!

My husband has pointed out that trying for 2000 a day would be a good amount if I was actually a full-time writer, but since I am still looking for a job...

{sigh} I hate that I can't just do what I want already. I am 47 years old. I waited until my kids were grown and now I just want to be irresponsible!!

But the fact of the matter is - you can't live without money, and for the near (or even God-forbid, distant) future I must continue to make money of some kind to keep the debt collectors away.

Balance is the thing that is needed here and 2000 words a day isn't balanced - that is more than you need to accomplish the NaNo goal of 50,000 words in a month.

So what kind of goals are reasonable?
Which targets are motivational and which are distructive?

I don't know - but watch this space while I struggle to find out!


Chip Michael said...

Just to clarify, I didn't say 2000 words wasn't reasonable. I only commented that 2000 words a day was the same goal a writer needs to obtain to succeed at NANO. That's not a bad thing. If you want to finish a NANO novel, that's a very good (necessary) thing.

If you want to be a writer, occasionally taking a month to write like a NANO writer is also probably a good thing. Since it's been over a year since you've written your last NANO novel, perhaps taking a month to do another one isn't a bad idea.

What I'm saying here is "if you want to write 2000 words a day, I'm in favor of that decision. Just be aware of what that decision really is."

I am...

Doug Hagler said...

I have finished NaNo while also working (and going to school, and...) but it was a marathon, and at the end I was quite spent.

In thinking about it (and facing exactly the same issue myself in my own writing), I'm wondering if it might be good to have a time/word count goal - whichever comes first. Sometimes I can write 2000 words in an hour and sometimes it doesn't come in a week. But maybe if the goal was "2 hours a day or 1000 words, whichever comes first".

I've heard other writers talk about an incredible variety of word-counts, from 8000 words a day for a particular lunatic game-designer and freelancer (who writes full time) to 500 words a day for another person who is a mom of a young child, podcaster, and also holds down a FT job.

It seems like a balance. I personally do better with time limits, but given the nature of most of my projects (roleplaying games) word-count just doesn't work as well as a measure. I can put in hours of quality work on a game and not move the word-count meter at all because I'm just moving things around, improving them, writing out tables or whatever.

I'll be curious to see what you end up doing.

Eddie Louise said...

Thanks Guys!

Chip, I didn't mean to portray you as un-supportive - quite the opposite you are my biggest and most encouraging fan.

Doug - good point. You always seem to sound so much more reasoned about these things than I am. A regular dose of your level headedness is much needed!!!