Kicking My Writing Goals Butt

So far November has been awesome. I know it’s only been two weeks but I’m loving it.

A lot of it has to do with a workshop I attended at the SA Writers Centre on the 28th of October presented by Clare Connelly titled Achieve Your Writing Goals. It’s a really good name for the course because I am indeed achieving my writing goals. I’d go as far as to say I’m smashing them compared to what was happening in September and October i.e. nothing.

The workshop comprises of three parts:

  • Maximising your daily word count
  • The Daily Slog: How to Stay on track
  • So you’ve finished a book: What now?

I came away from part one floating on air and with a goal to write 2000 words a day for the month of November. My intention was to register for NaNoWriMo but somewhere along the way the goal to write 50,000 words became less important than forming the habit of sitting down everyday and getting 2000 words down.

It’s blowing my mind that in 14 days I have written 28,000 words! And the story that I have had in my head but wasn’t quite sure where it was going is finally coming together. All it needed was for me to actually start writing and see what happened. Funny that.

On the weekend I attended part two, The Daily Slog: How to Stay on Track. Just knowing that I was going back to Clare worked wonders for my accountability. I really didn’t want to disappoint and it’s saying something that every person on the course also achieved their goal or some variant of it.

There is no magic writing bullet in this course but Clare does bring together all the information you need in a nice package and says, “Here, do this and you will write a novel.” Which sometimes is all a self-doubting writer needs.  

I can’t wait for part three!

Have you attended any great writing courses lately?

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