Kait’s opening post https://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/are-you-author-or-victim/
this Round hit a nerve, I admit. She points out that making excuses, feeling like a victim, is a choice. The crux of the problem is the safety of being the victim, because you have someone or something else to blame. I admit, I play it safe far too often. The day job, the family, the dogs, or just being too tired or empty-brained, all get in the way of getting my writing done.
However, no one has all the time in the world to do what they want, so choices must be made. If writing matters to me, I will get up early, stay up late, or not watch that TV show (curses to on-demand television). “If something blows up your plans to write, you need to revise them. MAKE some time to make up for the lost work time,” Kait says, and she is spot on. RoW is a supportive place to be accountable, and to keep one from being too hard on oneself as well.
Another arena I often act like a victim is how I compare myself with others. I sometimes suffer from jealousy when I look at other RoWers’ goals and word counts. I am a slow writer, seldom able to lock my infernal editor in the laundry room. I always forget that comparing myself to others is apples to oranges. Kait posted a link to Chuck Wendig’s post http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/04/08/counting-words/
about word count and comparisons. If you don’t follow his blog, think about doing so. I will give the caveat that, as my late mother-in-law would have said, he swears like a sailor. Even if you find strong language offensive, his posts are always interesting, and often grounding.
In the word count post, Mr. Wendig celebrates a day of writing 10,000 words. He then immediately addresses the twinge of jealousy that hits some readers, including me, calling it bs. Compare with yourself, not others. Much as it hits me as the 90’s “personal best” my kids heard in school all the time, he’s right. “Sometimes, writing is a game of inches. Sometimes it’s a act of great, clumsy leaps. You gotta take pride in the small steps as much as in the big jumps.”
Mr. Wendig links to a plan http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/02/20/how-to-push-past-the-bullshit-and-write-that-goddamn-novel-a-very-simple-no-fuckery-writing-plan-to-get-shit-done/ to get the writing done. If I write 350 words a day five days a week, with weekends off, I would have the first draft of a novel at the end of a year. With a little bit of found time, and found effort, I would be closer to my goals. His last advice resonates: “Shut up and write.”
Who will jump into the accountability pool with me?