Are We There Yet?


Crossing the Finish Line

Writing is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint. Especially when you’re like me and decide to start out with a rough draft that’s easily over 100,000 words (400 pages). Short stories might be more of sprint?

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the momentum going.

Right now? I’m writing this essay instead of a new scene in Part 2.

Why? It changes the flow and I’ll need to edit the next 3 scenes for continuity. At least.

I’ve found several different ways to build up momentum:

This week, I’m trying to build up momentum with other projects. Thus far, I finished a 1,000 word puzzle some friends helped me start 3 weeks ago, a photo album for my turning-5-years-old niece, a beta-read, and a work project. I even hit the gym, fed myself, and started some laundry.

When I first started this novel? My momentum was Nanowrimo and it’s 1,333 words per day goal. I tried not to miss a day, and if I did? I still made my word count for the week. After a while, it becomes a habit, and feels worth it to stay up past my bedtime just so I don’t lose my winning streak.(1)

Other ways to build up momentum?

  • Set a time that you have to write/edit during the day.
  • If you’re an outliner, check off each scene as it gets written
  • Bribe yourself with treats for each interval/stage you finish. A cup of tea, a professional massage, a night off…

What ways do you keep yourself motivated?

1 – Right now, I’m using this method for the gym! I’ve gotten 2 lifting, 2 cardio workouts in a week since February 1st. Even when they’re lame and half-assed, it’s still better than sitting at my desk eating bon-bons.(2)
2 – I think what I’m doing right now counts as “sitting at my desk eating bon-bons”, because I’ve got a bag of Lindt Lindor truffles that I picked up on sale…


  1. I’ve been using audio books to help jump start richer language in my writing, as well as inspiring me by the words, the sounds of the words, the cadence of the words, the poetry in the prose…

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