It's been a little over a month since I left my 9-5 job and I can't believe how fast time has flown. I was reading an article on CreateSpace recently that encouraged writers to keep a journal of their daily word count and progress. I started doing this from day one and with the encouragement of CreateSpace, I thought I would share how my first month as a full time writer has gone.
My writing journal is setup a little different than a typical journal, think Bridget Jones Diary. At the top of each entry I put the date, my daily word count, and how I felt that day. And at the end of each week I put my weekly word count, so that I can see how much I've accomplished in any given week. Its been a great way to see how much progress I'm making.
Now to the nitty gritty! It's exciting to have tangible proof that I'm making my dreams come true. So here's some data on my first month as a full time writer:
Word Count : 20,929
How I felt on a daily basis: Inspired, Energized, Excited, Productive & A Little Evil
When I was working my 9-5, I never would have used any of the above words to describe my day. Sure I work until 1am most days, but my time is my own and I love what I'm doing.
That being said, it can be really tough staying motivated. Some days, I just want to sit in front of the TV and marathon just about anything. But I have to say, it feels great at the end of the day when I tally up my word count and write about what I've worked on.
In the past month, I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could. My first novel will be coming out in a few short weeks, I've written a full length Novella that will be published this summer as well and I'm hard at work on the next book.
I know keeping a journal/diary isn't for everyone. So just find something that works for you and keeps you motivated because its worth it. A little progress everyday, goes a long way. Where will you be a month from now?
Until Next Time!