Fully Exposed – Goals

Posted by on March 31, 2014


Writing is a solitary endeavor.

Much of it is done sitting at home alone for hours on end.

And that’s fine.

But every once in a while a writer needs to turn to another writer for inspiration, motivation, or just a shoulder to cry (or bitch) on.

I’m super lucky to have Matthew Clemens as a writer friend who tolerates me doing all of the above.

A while back, Matthew and I started messaging each other daily, checking in on how much progress we’d made in hitting our writerly goals each day.

Most often that had to do with word count.

Which leads me to the Fully Exposed project.

Matthew and I decided to make our daily checking in public — which brings it to a whole different level of accountability. Coincidentally, we both have the same goals for this project – Writing and Walking.

You can check out Matthew’s goals on his Facebook and website pages and here are mine:


Write at least a thousand words a day.

My very prolific and talented writer friend Brad Parks has talked about this, even giving it a name — The Church of A Thousand Words. Check it out here. Brad is the man.

I first heard about this idea in Carolyn See’s book, “Making a Literary Life.”

Her rule is 1,000 words a day, five days a week for the rest of your life.

(Or if you are revising you can tweak that to two hours of revising, five days a week.)

What I found is that I can easily pump out 1,000 words in two hours of Butt in Chair.
They may not be brilliant. They may eventually end up deleted, but the point is I’m writing. I’m making progress on my novel. Every. Day.

And believe me, when I check in with some of my hardest working writer friends, 1,000 words a day is nothing. I think my pals Joelle Charbonneau and Owen Laukkanen probably hit more like 5,000 words a day.

I am very fortunate that my part-time job is on weekends so during the week, five days a week, I’m Butt in Chair for my 1,000 words right after I eat breakfast.

But I’m going to ramp it up to 2,500 words a day until I finish my young adult mystery novel. If I get it done before the end of the month, I’ll do three hours a day of revising.


I’m a much nicer and healthier and more mentally stable if I get in a daily walk. That has been a total bitch to accomplish this winter. But now that it’s spring, I’m going to be all over it. So my goal will be to walk at least a mile every day.

So welcome to our Fully Exposed project and please chime in with your thoughts whenever possible!

The fun begins tomorrow when you can read about how I did today. So far, not so good because I’m writing this instead of chipping away at those 2,500 words. But the day is young ….

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6 Responses to Fully Exposed – Goals

  1. Kristi

    I’m at about 47,000 words and hope to hit around 77K or so, so I’m thinking about 2.5 weeks. This is a goal — as you will see, I shoot for that, but we shall see! xoxo

  2. Matthew Clemens

    Nice solid rate, 2500 words. If you stay on schedule when is the first draft done?

  3. Kristi

    Thanks Michael. Hoping to get more than the 1000 but today its not looking so great. Will report back tomorrow~

  4. Kristi

    I need to be here. Every day! PS Matthew Clemens named the little fellow in our logo “Eddie the Perv.”

  5. Brad Parks

    When I saw the title “fully exposed” I thought this post was going in a verrrrry different direction. But, hey, this was cool, too. Glad to have you in the pews of the Church of 1,000 Words.

  6. Michael Kelberer

    Great idea. Have you seen Dean Wesley Smith’s Writing in Public project? Same idea, but drives me crazy because he has SOO many things going on at once. I like yours: 1000 words of butt-in-chair time a day.
    Good luck!!!