I admit it. Recently, I have hit the failure button a lot. It would be easy to blame my shortcomings on external events and bad luck. But I firmly believe if my goal is important enough, nothing will stand my way. While I can meet my minimum daily word count goal, I struggle to reach my stretch goals and push my writing to the next level. Since I aim to increase my daily productivity, I need to increase the days I hit the stretch goal.
The definition of a daily target implies that it should be, well, daily. Time to conduct a study, collect data, crunch numbers, and run them through the analysis machine. I discovered a pattern for the days I attained the stretch goal. The prior evening, I planned. Don’t worry kids, not a single outline was harmed (or created) in this process. I place extreme importance and value on the ability to fly by the seat of my pants.
Instead, I set the stage. Each session was different, but each bore similar themes. I prepared the tableau for the next day’s writing session. Think about throwing a party. You decide what you want to serve, go shopping, hang decorations, and make a few dishes in advance. On the day of the party, you cook. I have a new tactic. Each evening, I set the party, so the next day, I only need to write. We’ll see how it goes.
What takeaways have you learned from your failures?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer