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I know you’d never believe me reader, but I have a bit of an issue with discipline.

I love it when I am disciplined, but, I have to work hard on it.

I’ve noticed a few things when I am disciplined and I’d like to share with you the benefits of sticking to a plan.

1. Progress – a definite plus here

2. Satisfaction

3. Motivation – when I am disciplined and make progress, I feel satisfied and that motivates me.

One place I find myself applying discipline is Nano!

NaNoWriMo is a good place to start. There’s such motivation with all my fellow Nano-ers. Because the competition is against yourself. Everyone encourages, eggs each other on and supports one another.

You look at your word count and you keep going even when you feel like watching the telly. So I need to keep up the same “stick-to-it-ness” for the rest of the year. Perhaps not to the same degree, but to have a minimum word count for each day.

Where I’m running into trouble is the editing stage. I’ve not finished editing anything, ever. I have to admit to be a little frightened of the process. I don’t know how long I can expect it to take me to edit a book, a chapter, a paragraph or even a line!

I know when I’m writing I can easily write between 1000-1500 words in an hour on a first draft. But as I have not consistently edited any of my writing I don’t know what to expect of myself.

My attempt to rectify this will be trial and error, but I need to start with trying. I will not allow myself to become overwhelmed before I even start.

With this in mind, I will work on editing “Something in the Water” for one hour per day, everyday this week. I’ll report back next Monday with my progress. I need you all to hold me to this plan. I need to be accountable.