When I was a little girl, I had this old laptop that didn’t get the internet. All it had was Microsoft Word. Every single night (long after bedtime), I would write. I made up the most incredible story or at least I thought I did. It was more than a story though. It was a book. A completed book. One day, the computer crashed. Crying, I ran to my stepdad telling him to fix it. He couldn’t. He even had one of his friends try to get on the hard drive and save my book. His friend couldn’t. There went months and nights of my hard work and creativity. I was devastated.
After that, I struggled to complete a novel again. I felt nothing was as good as that first one (Of course I know that’s ridiculous). Now I want to do it again. I want to complete a book. So this is where the promise comes in.
I’ve promised myself to write every single day for the next two years.
I have set a due date for this book as 9/19/20. By that date, I will have a complete draft of my first book. I’ve never been good at keeping these kind of promises. I start off strong but lose steam somewhere after a week. Right now, I’m at day .
Day 1: I was on fire for the challenge. It was the day I completely decided that this was my ultimate goal.
Day 2: Just as easy to do, I knocked out two whole scenes! The feeling was incredible.
The next few days were the same. Then I hit about Day 8.
Day 8: I was exhausted and not really wanting to write. And I chose to just edit what I had.
Day 9: Today, I wanted to write. But rather than work on my WIP, I wanted to work on my blog. So I did that. I changed the look of my blog. AND I drafted out part of an article for Sunday evening as well as wrote this article.
Every day, I post an update about my daily writing for the day on my twitter. It’s a way to keep myself accountable. If others were expecting to see my update, I would have to write.
After day 11, I stopped posting on twitter about it and really stopped paying attention to it. However, I have written every day. Lately, it’s been on my blog as opposed to my WIP which I’m fine with. See while part of the promise was giving myself a due date for my first completed WIP, another goal of mine is to get my blog truly up and going with a regular schedule.
I’ve learned that I want to work on my ability to keep promises. The best way for me to do this is by learning to keep promises to myself first. How many times have you found yourself breaking the promises you made to yourself? Oh I’ll do the laundry today. But then never do the laundry? I’ve done it way too much. Every day now I’m setting something to do and I’m actually doing it.
What’s your writing goal? Do you have a promise you’ve made to yourself? Tell me in the comments.