That's what I think I'll use this blog for. I have a paper journal and I keep track of my writing progress there, but since I'm the only person reading it it's not really...official, I guess. Here, there's a chance (however remote) that someone else might see and notice my progress. It's more or less public.
As might be guessed, accountability is an issue with me. From what I've read, I'm not alone in that. Writers have all sorts of colorful ways of describing the pain of actually writing; one coined the phrase 'page fright'. Then there are the few who apparently have no trouble putting their thoughts on the page, who in fact enjoy the process, and wonder what all the drama is about. I suppose I fall somewhere in between the two.
I don't experience fear or pain when I contemplate writing. Or not exactly. Just trepidation. Which leads to procrastination, most usually. I've recognized this in myself and I've come up with a system. (I'm a great one for systems. Follow-through, not so much). I've committed myself to two pages a day, every day. That's been since the end of November 2009. It's been a fairly rocky road, with the result that I'm now fifty pages in the hole.
I'm not going to give up.
I figure, if I can do three or four pages a day instead of just two, I can knock out the fifty in a month or two. That's not so bad.
So far, I average about one page per half hour. Surely I can carve out two hours for writing, she says optimistically. On the weekends, at least.
And thus, today, my goal is four pages. You be my witness.
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