It has been an interesting week for writing goals, given that Julia Cameron put me. on a reading detox.
Writing Goals: June 29-July 3
*Complete the "Studio" chapter draft by 6 p.m. Tuesday and e-mail to advisor. Completed!
*Retool a conference paper abstract and send in to panel organizer. Yes, and summarily rejected.
*Begin writing the "Longevity" chapter, with minimum 3000 words by Friday. Sort of...see below
*Write at least 2 full morning pages each day. Yes, even if the last few lines were mostly filler.
*Write up list of questions for my next Prosecco Profile. Yes! Check them out here.
*Post every day this week. Yes! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
About that "Longevity" chapter and its minimum word count: first, when a chapter is in its beginning stages as this one is, a word count isn't the best goal. Word counts come after I've set most of the research down into notes, and probably only about 15-20% of the research for this chapter has been completed. I start with a painting and work from the inside out, developing an idea about the piece, and then work hand-in-glove, back and forth, moving from the art to the text and back again until suddenly the research stops and the writing begins. What I did instead of that research crux this week was work on organizing my ideas about the painting as a whole, which proved a very useful exercise. But the chapter needs reading before I can do more big chunks of writing.
All in all, it was a pretty successful week for writing considering there was no reading. But I've been trying to decide what my rewards should be for finishing my professional writing tasks. This is so difficult - the question I ask myself is, "why should I be rewarded for doing my job?" I don't make much money, but even that amount is meant to help me focus on completing my dissertation. That's my job, should I be rewarded just for doing my job?
How do I work around this? The list of things I can think of as rewards is not short, but how do you relate your work to material or experiential gratification? How many words does it take to earn a massage?