To better help me get back into a routine and to stick with it, I signed up for two different writing challenges I discovered through another site.
On January 3, 2011, the a Round of Words in 80 Days writing challenge begins and I signed up. My goal is to write 250 words a day. I'm usually able to do more once I get myself going, but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself as far as a number goes that I lose sight of the point of the exercise - to write every day.
My Writing Goal: 250 words a day
I also signed up for author Kelly L. Stone's 80 Day Writing Challenge. So between both challenges (250 words a day for 90 days), it works out to be a total of 22,500 words written. Three months! I can do this! I've written more in less time when I put my mind to it.
As for what I'm working on, I've got a current to-do list of pieces that need to be finished as well as a new young adult novel with a character that's been running amuck in my brain. And I've been thinking about taking a screenplay I wrote awhile back and turning it into a novel instead. So there are plenty of current projects that I need to work on and finish.
My plan is to (hopefully) post updates on a weekly basis, more to keep myself accountable. I'm also hoping that my own need to make things perfect can be contained. I have this terrible habit of not allowing myself to get first drafts out without too much over-thinking and it's one of the reasons I get stuck. So that's my not-so-measurable writing goal: to leave editing for that portion of the process.