It’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions, and once again, at the top of my list is to finish the sequel to The Red Kimono. (Me thinks this is Year 3, but it’s possible this is Year 4.)
I bring this up now, because I found a good article by Stephen King on Twitter this morning, where he lists his Top 20 Rules for Writers. Take a look, then guess which one appealed to me most.
Time’s up. It was Rule #10:
You have three months.
That’s Mr. King shouting at me. He adds:
The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.
So, what if I gave myself three months to finish the sequel? I work best under pressure. Maybe that would help. It would be a huge challenge, now that I’m working full time. But even if I didn’t make it, I’d get a bunch of pages added. Right? Right.
(That’s me talking to myself.)
The piece of advice he gave that would help me most to accomplish this goal is Rule #9:
Turn off the TV.
He’s still yelling at me.
It’s not that I watch that much television. But what if I told myself I couldn’t watch any more television until the book is finished? I’ve never tried that before. Can I do it?
I’ve also started listening to Kelly McGonigal’s audiobook, The Willpower Instinct. It’s a fascinating look at focusing not so much on our goals, but on what causes us to fail in achieving those goals. I’m sure I’ll blog more on that later.
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll take on Mr. King’s challenge. But I’ll continue talking to myself about the possibilities for 2016. Feel free to add more pressure. And, of course, I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
Anyway, have a look at Stephen King’s list. It’s a goody on which to end the year.
I wish you all the best for 2016, and may you be successful in keeping your resolutions and attaining your goals!