Once a month, I meet on a Wednesday afternoon with a group of local writers. Some have already been published. Some hope to be someday. The purpose of meeting is to support each other’s writing habit.
Lately, I have reviewed the progress I have made in the past 12 months toward completing my first murder mystery. I have made it to Chapter 13.
If I have learned anything, it’s that book writing is more than putting words on a page. It’s learning from the experience of others who have already successfully sold a book. It is developing a support system to assist with hurdles like time management, writer’s block, procrastination. It is honing skills, not only in story telling, but also in public relations and finance. It’s learning to use social media effectively. It’s finding the right professionals to edit, publish and groom your product. And more.
I was beating myself up for moving at the speed of an earthworm.
Upon reflection I realized I have:
- attended a writers conference
- executed the advice I received at the writers conference
- blogged almost daily for a year
- attended classes on writing by professional authors
- started a local writers group and conducted meetings for more than six months
- organized a Date to Write group that meets twice per month
- completed twelve chapters (first draft) on a novel
- dreamed up story lines for two more novels to work on when #1 is done
So when I look back, I pat myself on the back for productivity. I am on the beginning of a learning curve. My output will not be as fast as those with more knowledge and experience. I calculate that between blogging and book writing, I have averaged 250+ words per day for a period of twelve months.
I have earned the first level on Inkygirl Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Writer Challenge. For more information, look here: