The power of positive thinking

coverMy November 12th blog was titled “The power of motivation” and within the body of that posting I wrote the following sentence: “Once I reach 50,000 words, I’ll probably stop.”

When I read my posting the next day (as I always do, to review it for errors after 24 hours have passed), something occurred to me for the first time when I re-read that particular sentence.  I didn’t write, “If I reach 50,000 words.”  I wrote “Once I reach 50,000 words.”  In other words, I have never questioned whether or not I would write 50,000 words in 30 days.  That has always been a forgone conclusion in my mind.  I’ve been positive I would do it from the moment I signed-up.

Some might call that cocky; others might call it naive. I prefer “positive.” But, regardless of what you call it, visualizing the future without a shred of doubt has miraculous advantages in life; you do what it takes to “get there.”

I think this is also why I went through the exercise of creating a book cover image for Idle Hands.  From the beginning, I have been picturing the end result.  First, writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Second, revising and rewriting that first draft into a coherent novel.  Third, submitting that novel to publishers, and then after they reject it (hey, it can’t all be positive), self-publishing it myself.  For me, it is easier to picture that published novel in my hands if it has a cover.  That’s going to be my reality. It just hasn’t happened… yet.  But in order to get there, first thing’s first: writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

What does your future look like?

Okay, I rebounded from that horrible 0-word day, so here are my stats for NaNoWriMo for November 13th:


Average Per Day 1660
Words Written Today 2039
Target Word Count 50,000
Target ~ Words/Day 1,667
Total Words Written 21584
Words Remaining 28,584
Current Day 13
Days Remaining 18
At this rate, you’ll finish December 1
Words/Day to finish on time 1,579

Even with writing over 2,000 words yesterday, I’m still on track to finish after the deadline.  See what skipping a whole day of writing gets you?  I’d better not do it again… The “fun” part is that both of the “word stats” are in the 20,000’s — I’ve written 21,584 words and the number of words I have remaining is 28,584.  I’m looking forward to that “exactly middle” 25,000 word milestone, with a target completion date of November 15th. That gives me 2 days of writing to crank out 3416 words, or 1708 words each day.  No problem-o…

… baby steps…