Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time to Crack Down

1640 words per day. That's what I have to face up to at this point. I've already extended my novel rewrite deadline twice now, by months at a time. Now, it's time to crack down.

I'm aiming to finish this draft by the end of next weekend, which means that by midnight on Sunday, July 1, I should be typing the words THE END.

I did some simple calculations to determine that, including today, this goal gives me 9 more days to write. I'm aiming for 70k words total, and so far have just over 55k.

Which leaves me at 1640 words per day. That's what I'm going to do every day, rain or shine, in sickness and in health, until THE END is the next logical step. Then I'll take a break, let it simmer, and start edits later in the summer.

There will be challenges. I have a 2-year-old with a birthday party to plan. I have a full-time job and do freelance writeography. I have family about to come to town and stay with us. I'm helping to host a baby shower and doing a photo shoot in this time.

But there will always be excuses not to finish the book. For the next 9 days, those excuses just won't fly.

I'll check in daily to let everyone know how it's going. Hold me to this!

TJ