Down here in the South, most students have just wrapped up their school year and begun their summer vacation. Up North, many kids are still hitting the books, and will continue to well into June. Officially, the calendar says the first day of Summer is June 21st. But the days have been hot and summery enough lately that many Southerners consider Memorial Day Weekend the start of the sunny solstice.
As honorable people, we make it a point to live up to the promises we make to others. Commitments we make to ourselves, however, are too easy to break, since no one's around to punish us. But don't we do just that, with feelings of disappointment in ourselves, regret, and lost opportunity? If we had started on that novel in January and kept at it for the last 150 days, even a 500-word goal would mean 75,000 words under our belt today.
Stephen King says he writes 2,000 words a day. Julia Cameron shoots for three pages, roughly 750 words. Your own mileage will vary, as it should, and you might do well to start small. On those days when you surprise yourself because you've written 3,000 words, you'll know you've gotten back your groove.
500 words a day is an easy task when you're having fun. As a matter of fact, this blog post is exactly 500 words long.
As you enthusiastically make your other plans for the summer, I encourage you to include a recommitment to (or the initiation of) your writing resolution. Remember how important writing is to you and how good it would feel to get your book written by December 31st.
Then your resolution for 2024 could be all about your next book.