Do the Math

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.


  1. Rochelle Gager · August 1, 2012

    I have faith. If anyone can do this you can. We are the queens of multi-tasking! And the owners of Mom Awesomeness. Let the Vikings truimph!

    • Sandi · August 1, 2012

      Hi!! Oh my. I so need to email. LOL It’s been insane. The VIkings do triumph, oddly enough. Shh, don’t tell anyone. 😉 THANK YOU. 🙂

  2. Word hOOr (@SaritaDreaming) · August 1, 2012

    Gosh, Sandi, I’m in awe of you. I have a full time job, hubby, and lil one, and I struggle to make that writing time. God bless you. I’m sure you’ll meet your goals! *shakes pom-poms*

    • Sandi · August 1, 2012

      Hi! 🙂
      LOL See, I can’t see me doing this with a full-time job. I have a certain amount of freedom in that I can sit down whenever and toss out a few sentences or a few hundred words as they come to me.

      Hope I can meet my goals. So far? Not so much. LOL
      THANK YOU!

  3. bebeccalee · August 9, 2012

    I have complete faith in you. As has been said – if anyone can do it, it will be you! 🙂

    • Sandi · August 10, 2012

      Well, I’m behind so far, due to illness and family stuff…and the Olympics…lol…but I am sure I’ll be on track soon. 🙂 Thank you for having faith in me!

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