I made it to the 130,000 goal!! Now on to the 140,000 goal. Yay! I just have to keep reminding myself I can always edit later. Edit later. It’s better to just get it out right now.
Today I read a lovely blog post by Kristine Katherine Rusch on the importance of making, and then sticking to a routine. She’s so right. The Sprints that worked so well for me yesterday felt like a really good start in the direction of a ‘routine’ so I decided to give it a try again today, and it worked. Really well. 2,321 words well.
So, for the rest of the month my plan is, every weekday, to write a half hour at 9pm, then another half hour at 10pm. Apparently an hour is too long a period to ask me to concentrate for. I’ve tried it. Doesn’t work for me. And if I start any earlier I still have distracting things to take care of around the house.. people, pets, dinner, gym, laundry, dishes, etc. Any earlier feels like an imposition. 9pm feels pretty good though. Not too late to be exhausted yet, but late enough to feel ok about taking a little free time for me.
So it’s a plan. Now I just have to maintain it.
I can type about 700 to 800 words in a half hour. So if I round that down, and say 1200 words a day, then in 21 weekdays of 1 hour work each, split into 2 half hour pieces, I could theoretically finish. Since it’s Nano, I plan on working at it more than that, so let’s just give it a wild stab and say half that. So ten days to Done. In theory. We’ll see how it goes. Goal set: Finish draft by 11/22. I’ts a date.
The trick to all of this is figuring out how to trick myself into putting in the work. Making up a story is easy. Putting it down on paper/pixel is the tough part.