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    Hi there! As I have mentioned in other threads, I've been working on a non-fiction book. I am about 70% done at this point.


    I have used this thread to keep myself accountable, and hopefully have others hold me accountable. To make sure I complete those things which I have told myself I will.

    April 19: wrote 832 words
    April 20: wrote 3500 words
     
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    OK--we've got your back. Now, keep showing how you're executing. You've built a 2-day streak. Today's 4/21, and it's a holiday for lots of folks--easy to make excuses. Sit down and write anyway. Do. The. Work.

    You can do it!
     
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    Great idea. Have you read Pressfield's "The War of Art" yet? Or "Do the Work?"

    If not, stop what you are doing, and read them, in that order. Seriously. I wrote a non-fiction book proposal in one day, including the sample chapter, after reading them.
     
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    Pressfield is the man!
     
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    Guess I’ll be reading this starting today! Thank you!


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    You’re right. Today was a tough day. At around 9:30 after a long Easter Day of egg hunting and family time, I sat down to write. Only got out 562 words. My goal today is back to 3000! I believe MTF said that was his daily goal at one point.


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    Excellent! You did it even though you were tired & it would've been easier not to do it. Doing the hard thing when you'd rather not will build mental toughness so you keep at it.

    Next, you might want to assess whether 3,000 words a day is realistic. Some folks write really fast, while others write slower. I'd caution against setting a goal that you won't consistently reach, since it can be demotivating. Maybe set a smaller goal that a little stretch, but aim for consistency--every single day, no matter if there's a flaming tornado outside.
     
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    You’re right. 3000 might be a lot. But I’ll try to get them done as best as I can.

    Just did about 400 words in the car after dropping off the kids at school. Kept my eyes on the road though!


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    You're welcome. They are both quick reads, btw!
     
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    Good for you for holding yourself accountable. The struggle is definitely real juggling the kiddos and your goals. Just keep marking those X’s off through your calendar!

    Check out this thread:
    The 80/20 Principle Library

    Really good recommendations on maximizing productivity. I just finished reading The One Thing and it has helped tremendously in maximizing my time spent when I’m not busy playing dinosaurs or changing diapers.
     
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    thanks my friend!
     
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    I agree with NMdad in that having a consistent goal you can reach everyday will be a big driving factor in getting this done sooner, with quality. It seems you picked 3,000 because MTF may have had 3,000 at one point, but that doesn't take into account all the different variables between you two, like amount of time you can write each day or experience.

    I'd start with hitting 1,000 words per day consistently every single day, and then try to have x amount of days per week you can hit 3000+. Or if you're insistent with yourself that you want 3,000, see what you differently on the days where you actually do hit 3k+, like on the 20th.
     
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    Thank you!!


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    Today: 1133 words written

    Bedtime reading will be “The War of Art” by Pressfield.


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    That was my daily goal at one point, but I eventually burned out as it's a LOT of words to write consistently for months. For a few days or a couple of weeks it's fine, but I think that a more sustainable pace that you can maintain over the long term is around 1,000-1,500 a day. Also, better to write 500 solid words than 3,000 words of junk, so be cautious of that.
     
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    No problem. The topic is relationships . The existing books out there are either outdated, not comprehensive, or both.


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    Today so far: 1292 words... hopefully get some more done this evening!


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    Keep going! You got this
     
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    I am in the same situation. Writing a novel is a lot of work. I believe it's just a matter of what you're writing about and what your bigger picture of your novel is about. How much research, work you put into it, depends on the outcome of it's success.

    In my own experience, my agenda was living the experience of my Character first as the feminine, and when I started this forum I had it written out and finished, but now in 2019, it's re-writing the whole thing, because there was a whole process I had to go through first to write a best seller. I'm personally glad I didn't publish it back then, because I didn't have the whole picture, knowledge, insight, wisdom, research, and education to put into my characters, dialogue, action, plot, and focused enough where I wanted it to be.

    While some would say it doesn't take that long to write a novel, some of the best novels in the world took awhile to build and write, versus in a few months. And I have more than enough to write a series.

    I would take a look at what your objective is? What is the message? What is it you hope to achieve with it? I'm not sure if it's always your slacking, but in some cases I write out a lot of poetry, insight, wisdom, and knowledge, and different stuff comes to me to put in the novel at different times, rather than try to create everything in a few months and be a speed writer. There are different types of writers and we all write differently.

    There are literary writers and pop fiction writers, and those who are screen writers, poets, and write in hopes of making it in movies. Some love short-stories and hope to write for the Paris Review.

    Writing is a big ocean and it is figuring out where your best at writing.

    Having someone hold you accountable is important, and this is a good place. It gives motivation to stay on task and follow through.

    I think it does get overwhelming for me. I'm a prolific writer. I can write all day long like nothing, but it doesn't mean it's always good material. And of course it piles up for editing and publishing.

    Hopefully you're not as prolific, because this can be one issue. And also having to many ideas.

    Protecting your writing is a necessity since I have had stuff ripped off.

    One place that might also help you on your way and gain an following is Patreon.
    Best way for artists and creators to get sustainable income and connect with fans | Patreon
    I see some people being very successful off this sight with their creative projects and content which I may use myself in a few months for various projects.

    If you are engaging with your audience they allow you to know what they like, what they want, and building a fan base. This keeps you accountable because you're inviting them into your writing and creativity and getting your work out there by word of mouth.

    I believe 50 shades of grey got out there by word of mouth. There are various ways writers get noticed, but you might have to push it yourself, and get on camera even and speak to your audience.

    The writing world is not different than any other area of entertainment. You have to work hard, practice makes perfect, and the more you write, the better you get.

    With children, I imagine it is writing when they're at school, away with friends or other family, or after they go to bed. I remember when I went to college, I just took things and worked on stuff even in waiting rooms at appointments, breaks of work, or waiting out in the car picking up my child.

    It's using you what free time you have and enjoying the moment.
     
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    Thanks! Appreciate everyone who is staying on top of me during this!


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    Not a great day. I put off writing until this afternoon and got super busy with house stuff. Will make it up for it tomorrow.


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    Sounds like you're making great progress...congrats!

    I focus on hitting 1000 edited words per day. This allows me to write a typical book in 3 months, including time for my editor to complete his pass.

    Something that has worked well for me is to figure out what part of the day I write best, and stick to trying to be productive only during that time. I've found that if I try to write outside of my productive hours, the output I get for the mental energy I spend just isn't worth it.

    Also, if you're writing non-fiction (sounds like you are), make sure you have a VERY thorough outline. This allows me to jump around and to write about whatever topic I'm interested in that day. When you don't have a good outline, jumping around can make for a disorganized manuscript, but if the outline is solid, it shouldn't matter (for the most part) what order you complete things.
     
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    Maybe focus less on word count and more on just writing. When I write, I go as long as I can. Sometimes it is 20 mins. Sometimes it is two hours.

    Just start. That's always a victory.
     
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    This is fantastic advice. Thank you! I actually was using Microsoft Word for a while and switched to Scrivener which has helped me a ton in outlining.


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