August 27, 2015

Back On Track

I made a comment the other day about how you need to write every day if you want to keep at it. I was thinking about it again yesterday after talking with Barb and I realized that in 2015 I’ve become extremely lazy in my writing habits.

I’m relying on too many bursts of inspiration and not as much “nose to the grindstone” like I did in the past. I had 9 pieces of fiction published last year, all while keeping my nose down and just pushing through the distractions. This year, with only 3, I’m wayyy off. Granted, a few works were delayed due to circumstances out of my control, but for the most part it’s been because I just have let it slide.

It’s not like I’m making J.K. Rowling money, either. I know better than this. Bad Jason. Bad!

So I guess I’m going back to the tried-and-true method of keeping track of my daily word count. Every day. This works two-fold. First, I’m able to sit back and keep myself honest. Daily word count tracking does this for me, and quite well (as long as I remember to write down the starting and ending numbers). Secondly, I’m able to tabulate my pace and guesstimate when I’ll finish the first draft of a novel or short story. I thought, for example, that Murder World: Kaiju Dusk would be done by now. I actually set it aside so I could finish Kraken Mare. So instead of my August completion date for MW:KD, it’s looking more like an October one. I would have known this if I had kept my spreadsheet up and running.

Hindsight is 20/20. With the Bronze League season over (except for the finals, which my team is not a part of) I can finally focus on getting my writing back on track.

I still have an anthology to edit, after all.

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About Jason Cordova

Born in Orange, California, author Jason Cordova has written books ranging from the fantastical realms of fantasy to the militaristic side of science fiction. His latest should be out soon. Really. You should probably buy it. Check Amazon. Demand it at your local store. Pay for his kitten kibble.

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