After a much-needed break in December to step back from my writing and concentrate instead on the festive season, I’m back behind the keyboard and ready to return my attention to my writing. As you may know if you follow my blog, November was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), at the end of which I had an exciting but half-finished draft of a fantasy novel (read more here). My plan for January 2021 is to return to this.
I loved having a concrete goal and deadline during NaNoWriMo. I found it was an excellent combination of motivation and pressure while still being achievable and not causing undue stress, so I am going to set myself a new goal for January. Doing this on NaNoWriMo.org means I can access the same sorts of stats and graphs I had during November, which I found really useful for tracking my progress.
My new goal will be to write 30,000 words during the month of January 2021. I chose 30,000 as it feels like an achievable target (I managed 50,000, after all) which will still require me to work hard and remain disciplined, but reduces the pressure slightly compared to the 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo. I’ve already decided my goal isn’t necessarily to write every day, but if I did, 30,000 words divided by 31 days equals just under 1000 words per day. This feels like a feasible goal and will hopefully slot nicely alongside my other commitments in January without being overwhelming. Even writing every other day or so, the goal stills feels realistic as I know I am capable of writing several thousand words in one go.
So, stay tuned for updates! As before, I will post period updates about my writing and how it is going, so if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my blog and share it with anyone you think may enjoy it.