Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Setting Reasonable Goals
People ask me all the time -- how do you write a book? A book, my friend, is written one e-mail at a time. At least that's what my friend Annette used to tell me as I sent her my chapters.
I know this probably seems over-simplified, but this is my second complete book and here's the system I find works best for me.
I write a vague outline, then I get started. See my little sticky notes? My goal is ten pages a week. I can increase this as my daughter gets less demanding, but 10 pages a week allows me to finish my book in approximately five months.
The publisher's given me seven months to complete the books, so I'll have two months to edit before I turn in the manuscript.
So since I want to do 10 pages a week, I place the sticky notes on my desk calendar. When I'm done with my goal for the day, the sticky note goes on the memo board and I get a mental release of endorphins. :)
Tell me... what works for you?
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