Yesterday, I drove to Liverpool for our monthly RWA meeting. They gave a workshop on goals, making them, keeping them, planning, etc. It was awesome. I especially liked the part about planning. I usually consider myself an organized person but when it comes to writing I could be a lot more organized.
One writer at the meeting said she keeps a log of words written every day and has been doing so for years…decades even. She said she uses this to benchmark how long it will take her to write a certain number of books throughout the year. If she were to have an editor ask her if she can write a novel by the end of the year, she can go back through her log and gauge whether this is possible or not. Pretty useful stuff.
That’s what I love about workshops. The sheer amount of knowledge and inspiration you bring home. There’s something about just being in the same room with other writers. We feed off each other; call it a vibe or whatever. It’s pretty amazing.