When I’m writing, I tend to approach the work mathematically. Surprised?
For my current work in progress, Éire’s Viking, I have a goal of 90,000 words that I plan on dividing up into 30 chapters. Of course, the actual writing never parses out quite this evenly, but it gives me a framework.
So far, I have written 20,000 words on this book, leaving me 70,000 to go. I wish to have the book submission-ready before Mediium-Sized Guy turns 11, so that gives me until December 6th.
“Great!” one might think. “That means you have August, September, October, and November to finish your writing. That’s a third of a year, over 100 days! No problem.”
Except that it isn’t quite that easy. See, I want the book submission ready. That means, first and second drafts minimum on my end, send to beta-readers to find my stupid spots, then I need to edit and produce a third draft which will THEN be submission ready, all things being equal.
So, really, I have a little over two months in which to finish the first draft. Or, a writing goal of approximately 1,000 words a day. Except Sundays, where I am trying to be obedient and not WORK on my God-Ordained Day of Rest. So that means approximately 1,167 words a day starting from today through the first week or so of October. For the first draft.
This is completely manageable. But it will require dedication and self-discipline. Anyone who’s been watching me work for any length of time knows that self-discipline is one of my “things” about writing. I hope I’m up to the challenge.
Because naturally, on the day on which this new word count goal is to begin (today, the first of August) I have a to-do list as long as my arm. Spousal Unit has a couple specific requests that will require me to run errands. I have a doctor appointment to make, the necessary housework to undertake, and non-book writing that is also due this month in the form of articles for a website.
Oh, yes, and I’m still a stay-at-home mom to two sons who occasionally need Mom time.
However, the goal is still do-able. I just need to get to work. I’ll check back and let you know how it’s going.