Writing Can Be Murder

September 2, 2009

Lampposts — Writing and Running toward

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 12:15 am

My running goal today was to run/walk up and down a hill for 30 minutes. Exciting, right? (More like excruciating.)

Today’s writing goal is to write 2500 words of the new WIP. To some people that might sound like a lot. To others it doesn’t sound like much at all. If you’re part of the second group, stop reading now, this won’t apply to you.

(If you can run uphill for thirty minutes straight, this isn’t for you either.)

Personally, I find the prospect of writing 2500 words (and/or running uphill) to be daunting. If you average 250 words per page, that’s 10 pages worth of work. Sure, there’s an occasional day when you feel inspired and those 10 pages flow effortlessly, but most of the time, if you write regularly, the kind of inspiration can be scarce.

Here’s where the lampposts come in: During today’s workout, I didn’t focus on getting to the top of the hill. I just concentrated on getting to the next lamppost. Then the next. And the next.

I do the same thing with writing. I don’t sit down to write 2500 words. I plan to write 1000, or 750, or 500, or if it’s a bad day 250. And then I do it again. And again. And yet again until I’ve reached my goal for the day. (Maybe word count won’t work for you. Maybe pages will. Or time, like writing for 15 minutes, 30, 45.)

And tomorrow I’ll do it all over again.



  1. Great idea to break goals down into smaller pieces. The addage ‘one day at a time’ works for ‘one page at a time’ and ‘one lamp post at a time’ too. Rah!!

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — September 2, 2009 @ 4:09 am | Reply

  2. Some days it’s just one word at a time…

    Comment by love2wryte — September 2, 2009 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

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