2014 has been about establishing a writing routine that works for me. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m writing 1,000 words per day fairly consistently. But I recently read “Write. Publish. Repeat.” and the authors of that work have some impressive word-counts. As in, they’re writing in a week what I’d like to be writing in a month. And it got me thinking. Should I be pushing myself harder? I don’t want to burn myself out—been there, done that, took forever to recover. But part of making it as a writer has to do with how fast you can produce publishable work, and I can probably do that faster than I am at the moment.

I’m not going to shoot for some crazy word count, but in 2015, I’d like to gradually push my word count up—to 1,500, then 2K, then maybe even 3K per day—to see if I can speed up the drafting process. My revision process is even slower, but I trust that it will speed up with practice.

So, if 2014 has been about the discipline of writing every day, 2015 will be about pushing myself a little further, challenging myself a little more, stretching my writing muscles and building up my endurance.

What about you? What is your ideal daily word count? How do you push yourself to grow as a writer?

ROW80 check-in:

Writing

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 5,895 words in “Stolen by Magic.” First draft is finished!

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Three of three books read. Finished reading “Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Goal met.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Goal met.

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