That title there? Basically the exact thing that’s happened today. I was sure I was on track after having two successful days of writing—successful in that I sat myself down and managed to write for four complete hours each day, even if it took me much longer than I’d have liked. But then today came and I let myself slip up.
I’ve done four sessions of the twelve I need to do to reach that same four hour goal and it’s already 7:45 pm.
To finish my 8 remaining sessions by a reasonable hour (say, 11 pm) I’ll need to do as many of the remaining sessions back-to-back as I can, and that’s just the truth. Because here’s the thing. I am accountable to me and I’m not going to let myself get away with not doing the work.
Not today. Not tomorrow. Not anytime soon.
I’ve said it before: To be the kind of writer I want to be, I need to change.
Missing a goal once in a while is no big deal and doesn’t feel anything like failure. Missing a goal every single time is not a good thing. There are repercussions to that kind of repetitive failure. I’m done with that. I just can’t be that person, that kind of writer, any longer.
If I miss today’s goal, it will be a 1:3 failure rate. That’s no longer good enough for me. I’ve set my boundaries and 1:3 ain’t it.
But I’m lucky, because this day isn’t over and there’s no reason to accept failure.
Getting back on track is as easy as saying it’s time to start writing again.
(I originally started a new post for today’s session log but I changed my mind and I’ve moved it here instead.)
Session 1: 307 words
Session 2: 217 words
Session 3: 48 words
Session 4: 20 words
Sessions are 20 minutes long and my goal for each is 250 words. Not there yet. Working on it. :)
Next day update: Well, shit. I didn’t do any more sessions. I had good reasons, but if I’d done my writing early like I should’ve done, this would not have happened.