With all this talk of schedules, goals, and outlines… it is easy to forget that writing should be fun. Why would you do it, if you didn’t love it, right? Another lesson that I’ve learned, is don’t get so bogged down in deadlines and plans, that you forget to enjoy the journey that your story is taking you on.
Writing is fun!
Getting lost in the story and characters in your world is a gift. Sometimes when we worry too much about hitting word count, we are missing the bigger picture, and short changing our project.
I was down for the count a couple of days this week with the flu, and I gave myself permission to call in sick on these days. No word count worries. Yeah. I was that sick.
Well, a funny thing happened.
I didn’t worry about my word count. I just wrote for fun. I could have watched T.V. or read, but even sick, I chose my story. It was actually my first choice. I just ‘played’ with it. It was quite fun. :)
I don’t know for sure, but I think I may have surpassed my word count goals even with out trying! (I stubbornly refused to look, because I’d called in sick. LOL)
Goals are so important! But so is enjoying the process.
Ah, balance… you are so tricky to master. :)