The picture says it all. Hooray for me! I honestly thought I was not going to make it to 50,000 words in one month, not my first time trying, not my first novel. I especially despaired when I was hit by an insane work deadline, that kept me from adding any words at all to the novel for ten days in the middle of the month. Ouch! But luckily I got back into the groove after that, and got to 50K with a few days to spare.
One thing I’ve learned by this is that I can totally justify ignoring all those other writers who say that the “only” way a “real writer” writes is to plug away at least one hour every day. That’s just not how I work. I’m a surge writer and a surge worker. I work best when I can spend all day long on one project. As evidence, here’s how my word count worked these past few weeks. I only wrote for 16 of the last 26 days, so my average per writing day was actually 3,137 words.
I still have several more chapters to add before I’ll have a complete first draft, so I hope to keep making progress on that through Nov 30. After that, I will need a huge amount of revising to get the old chapters to fit with the new ones, and then to pare it down. My total estimated word count is going to be somewhere around 150K, which is about 50% larger than I want it to be. Luckily, having spent all this time doing flash fiction challenges, I now have a lot of experience cutting 50% of my words out and ending up with a better story. So let’s see how good I am at applying that to my novel now!
Well, not now. Now I’m going to finish cooking my dish-to-pass and head off to Thanksgiving dinner with some friends.
I’ll be back blogging in a week or two. In the meantime, keep writing, keep reading, and have a wonderful week!