The reason I started this blog was to hold myself accountable – to have you, my non-existent readers, hold me accountable to daily writing. I modeled the idea after Nony on A Slob Comes Clean who figured out that talking about, planning, and making schedules for cleaning her house didn’t get her house clean. She actually had (has) to do it.
Same with writing. I actually have to do it. I think about my story all the time. I write notes to myself, talk to myself in the car, the shower. But that’s not writing. Heck, I’ve been thinking about this story for years. Seven to be exact. Well, it will be seven in December. SEVEN YEARS!!!!
That is ridiculous. I “wrote” two books books before this one and I’ve started another one since I’ve been working on this one, but none of those are actually finished. They are third or fourth or tenth drafts that still lack elements of a story. They were learning books.
I want to finish a book. Get it so that it’s ready to send to an editor, an agent. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I know that. But it has to be a complete story. I’m close on this one. I have been learning craft and structure and I’m close. I just have to get to the end. The real end.
And so for over a week I’ve been writing/working for at least 30 minutes every day. Sometimes more, but so far, never less. I will continue this until this book is finished. Keeping in mind the goal I set earlier this week that I will be done by the end of 2014 and will query in January 2015.
Thanks for your assistance in helping me meet this goal. Just being accountable is making me work. Weird, but I’ll take it.