It’s Time To Hunker Down

April 20, 2009 | Karin's Blog | 14 comments


Play time is over. The visiting, the hanging out, the being lazy, the weekend escapes with the girls, and day trips with the hubster are over.  I have to write.  I have a book to turn in September 1st.  No extra time to squeak it in.  Nope, I gotta get it all done, and done well.  My last book was rushed. I had so many things going on around me it was hard to focus.  Not gonna happen this time.  I need to take care of what is in front of me, not what I think might be ahead of me.  I have, after all, been paid for this book.  So, today, I officially begin MASTER OF DECEPTION, book four in the Blood Sword Legacy series. 


I’ll have five straight hours on the plane to write Wednesday as I jet off to Orlando for the Romantic Times convention.  I’ll have another five straight hours coming home on Sunday.  I’m going to write until my fingers fall off.  My writing goal for today is 2 K words.  I’m going to check in at every 500 words.  Public accountability works for me.


How about you?  When you set a goal do you do it publicly and feel the pressure or do it privately and still fee the self-imposed pressure?





  1. Sharon Cullen

    I’ve done both. The pressure is the same on either. Good luck!

  2. Mary

    you go girlfriend – we have faith in you LOL

    Too bad ya can’t head a little further north before you head back to sunny ca.

  3. Karin

    so, i haven’t written one word yet. but plan to. really. i do.

  4. Edie

    Good for you, Karin! I should be writing my 2K today too. I couldn’t concentrate. I’ll write 1K and make up for the other 1K tomorrow.

  5. Erika

    I guess it depends on the goal whether or not I’m going to go public with it. I started Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago, there is no way I’d make that goal public. Ain’t happenin’. A word count goal? I might do that.

  6. HollyD

    I’m happy to hear there’s going to be more books in the Sword series. Good luck w/ your goals. I’m amazed 2000 words in one day. The most I’ve ever written in one day is 1000 and that was just short of a miracle.

  7. Charlotte Featherstone

    Good luck, Karin. M of D will rock! I know it!

    I’m with you. I need to write 26oo words per day to make my first draft deadline of May 3. It’s coming…

    But I don’t even want to think about word count per day for Sinful. ACK! I’m SO behind on that book

  8. Elisabeth Naughton

    You inspired me. And your twitter word count update made me way too competitive. Passed 2K a few minutes ago. Have to go feed gremlins then I’m back to writing. Hoping to finish chapter three tonight.

    My deadline isn’t until 12/1 but I want this 2nd paranormal done before we go to Hawaii in Oct. so I can then work on the new proposal for the next book after we get back.

  9. Amanda

    I like telling others my goals and being held accountable.

  10. Karin Tabke

    Eli i’m going to up you 500 words!

  11. Karin Tabke

    i crashed and burned at 2073. but i would not have written any of those if I had not publicly challenged myself! tomorrow only 500 words. I have lots of packing and stuff to do!

    Ladies? Writing goals for tomorrow??

  12. B.E. Sanderson

    I have faith in you.

    No new word goals for me at the moment, even though I committed myself to writing 50K words this month. Halfway in, I got stuck. Still, I’m chugging along on the editing for another book, so it’s not all bad. And sooner or later, I’ll get unstuck. It’s just one of those things.

    Keep up the good words.

  13. Charlotte Featherstone

    Today’s goal…2600, and then tightening the previously written 2600.

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