The only person you’re in competition with is yourself.
Publishers, agents, and editors like to pit us against each other, but, in reality, we’re all in this together. Some of us will go farther because we bothered to learn the protocols and the grammar and the business side of it. Some of us will find mentors; some of us will work hard and combine talent AND business acumen; some of us will get a lucky break AND make the most of it. But all of us are in competition with ourselves to write the best book possible in our own vision.
Sometimes that’s difficult to remember when you look around and see higher word counts from other writers on blogs or websites or Facebook or Twitter or in sprints.
Good for them.
I like to get a good daily word count in there early because I’m well aware that, at any point, I could hit a wall.
And then I’ll have to figure out how to:
Climb over it
Burrow under it
Plow through it
Go around it
Blow it up
One of the most positive aspects you can take away from this experience, is that, for one month, you had enough self-respect for your writing to sit down every day and do something.
If you don’t respect your own writing time and writing, why would anyone else respect it either? It starts with you.
If you can take that beyond this month, you’ll have won, no matter what your final word count.
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