Getting back that writing "spark".

Like I said in yesterday's post, I really need to get back to work on my book. I think I need to start another set of short term goals and perhaps a daily work requirement. It's been long enough that I'm a tad scared that I lost the spark (by "long" I mean it has been a month since college started, and my editing time has been severely limited).

True, there have been times when I have had... well, time, but something always holds me back. Part of it is Writer's Depression, but mostly I think I may be burned out on that particular story. I've tried to begin new books in the meantime, with little success. (One of them might still be written someday because of a pretty fun setting, but all I could think of while I wrote in it was The Sometimes Sword.) It's a dilemma, for sure.

I'm starting to think that I need to do what I had to do when writing the first draft: knuckle down and get over it. I can't afford to let writing become less a part of me. I need that spark back, and sometimes that takes work. Painful, painful work.

So tonight I begin again in earnest. My goal is a final draft ready for submission by the end of the year. I will make this happen, and I will not give up until I have at least fifty rejection letters. Less would be fine by me. So what if this is only my second real attempt at a book. No author's story is the same, and I plan to go all out!

What about you? What are your short-term writing goals?


  1. it'd be interesting to see your progress on this second draft goal, right here on the blog. like daily word count, how you're meeting your goals on a low level. i bet a lot of new writers don't really understand the actual time put into writing it takes to finish a goal like this.

  2. My goal is two more paragraphs on my short story this week. I know, it's a weak-sauce goal, but I'm stickin' to it!

  3. Anonymous1:46 PM

    I try to write a chapter a week. Life is busy sometimes and I do what I can when I can. Good luck.

  4. Mel: Life does get in the way doesn't it? Do you have a certain length you consider a "chapter"?