I started logging my daily word count this year in an effort to 1) see how much I am or am not accomplishing, and 2) push myself to do more.
Camp NaNoWriMo kicked off in April and I thought I had a good guesstimate of how many words I could knock out on my April project. And last week I logged the most words of any week this year.
I got a few word sprints in with my virtual cabin-mates. I spent a couple hours at Starbucks on Sunday, cranking out words. And Thursday I took it easy to spend some time off with my kids and to get over a headache.
Still, it feels like a weaksauce effort. I can only guess how much time I spend browsing Facebook (then closing it, then reopening it a minute later as if everyone may have just updated). I don’t know how many YouTube videos I watched of Gordon Ramsay swearing at people (it’s a terrible but addictive vice). And when I “need to veg” for a bit, I make time to level up yet another toon on World of Warcraft.
I’m sure I did better in November during the actual NaNoWriMo event, or December when I finished up my book revisions and got Diffraction onto Amazon and Kindle Unlimited (hint hint).
But I’m nowhere near the goal I set for the month on my Camp NaNo novel… not even if I count all the words written on other projects.
I know these things take time and effort. And I’m happy that I have 7400+ words more than I had the week before.
But good Lord this is not an easy discipline to master.
Maybe I should take up cooking. Gordon has some great “how to” videos…