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What’s Your Writing Resolution for 2020?

In the past I’ve spoken at length about why I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Declaring that you’re going to do a thing isn’t an effective plan for getting it done. I will bang the gong for SMART goals until the day I die. In the spirit of the question, though, I will talk about what I am committed to doing differently in the coming year. This is the closest I have to a writing resolution for 2020.

What’s Your Writing Resolution for 2020?

I’m going back to tracking daily word count. It’s something that I’ve gone back and forth with in the past few years, because I see pros and cons. On the downside is that fact that sometimes it gives me an excuse to do the bare minimum. If I have a block of time and a word count goal, I will tend to goof off when I hit the goal rather than writing the entire time. There’s also what I consider a corollary of the infinite monkeys theory: word count made up of relative gibberish that you’re just going to cut or rewrite is just as good as carefully crafted words, because it’s all about the number. That’s activity, not productivity.

For me, going back to work count is about content. With multiple projects going on, it allows me to see that it’s achievable. If I have a target of 300 words per day on one project, 600 words per day on another, and 2400 words per day on a third, then it’s clear what I have to do. I know how to allocate my time, and I know that I can’t goof off. It helps me to focus without feeling overwhelmed.


How would you answer this question, reader?

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3 replies on “What’s Your Writing Resolution for 2020?”

I’m not into making resolutions, but if I were to do a writing one it would be around completion! Loads of stuff floating around, but I’m very bad at actually producing a final version and then seeking a way to get it out there.

On the other hand, I submitted a paper to an academic journal this morning.

My first 500 words of the year have just been completed. I agree that at a certain point the word count can be less than productive without serious intent, but getting it done is my biggest step at this point. Thanks for breaking down your goal and hopefully I will be able to stick to mine.

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