I have 32 days left of my novel writing challenge.
I am two-thirds of the way through and in theory, should be two-thirds of the way through my word count.
My original word count as advised by Jeff Gerke (2013) who wrote “Write Your Novel in a Month” was 50,000. A short novel, but achievable in the timeframe and something I could expand on if necessary.
And so at this stage, I should have completed 33,332 words.
I have completed…. drumroll, please…. 25,792.
Wa, wa, waaa!
But there’s still time, if I complete 1000 words a day from now on, I will still reach my goal. Hmm, how achievable is that? This week I aimed to write 1000 words a day, every day and ended up with 5,435, so I guess my goals are a little elastic.
I have found over the last 2 months that if I complete my 1000 words sometime during the daytime, they are easier to manage and more likely to be completed than if I leave them until the evening. This is quite strange to me as I have much more uninterrupted time after my child has gone to sleep, yet this isn’t my most productive time.
I recently read about an author who wrote in just 15 mins a day, the time it took her husband to read their children a goodnight story. Perhaps I am always expecting to sit down and write the whole 1000 words in one sitting when it could easily be broken up into more manageable chunks throughout the day.
Or when I am on a roll, I should just continue, building up a bank of content to give me a cushion in case I don’t meet the next target.
One of the reasons I have not been as religious in meeting my targets as I could have been is that I have been very busy completing paid writing assignments and it seems silly to prioritize a personal project over paid work.
When I write my daily “to do” list, “work on novel” is always last on the list, and often doesn’t get checkmark and is simply carried forward to the last line of tomorrow’s list.
I feel like I need a whole weekend uninterrupted to just write-I am sure most writers dream of such a weekend! But with a busy roster of writing gigs, places to pitch and children to care for, that isn’t very likely.
So instead I am going to pull up my socks and get my skates on and any other motivating cliché I can think of, and commit to finishing this thing in the next 32 days.
It’s all here in my head I just have to type……