Yesterday’s word count: 927 words
NANTUCKET total word count: 80,101 words
Didn’t meet my writing goal today. Word count: 0
I also didn’t meet my 2,000 words a day goal yesterday, either. I did, however, write first, meeting my other writing goal – making my writing a priority. Yesterday I was wrestling with the end of a rather big freelance assignment involving a 1400-page book, but I thought about it and decided, yes, I’m going to write first.
And so I did. And then I ended up finishing my deadline and e-mailing it in before I went to bed, when it wasn’t due until today (I had actually emailed the editor earlier yesterday and told her I probably wouldn’t have it in at 10:00 a.m. today as she had requested, but would likely need a couple extra hours).
So today, I just relaxed. It’s been a heavy work week, but I met all my deadlines, plus I wrote every day except today. So today was kind of my gift to myself.
I also had a wonderful surprise. Another huge deadline that was looming over me has been rescheduled to later in August. And that means I will have more free time than expected next week.
Which got me to thinking. I’d really like to get NANTUCKET finished. I’ve got another novel that I wrote three chapters of way back when, that’s just begging for me to start working on it again, now that I’ve found a steady supply of bum glue.
So here’s what I’m thinking about doing – write for three hours a day over the next couple of weeks, and see if I can’t finish the first draft of NANTUCKET. I’ll be tucking that first draft in a drawer for six weeks to cool off before I start editing it, so as soon as I finish it, I’ll be able to start on this other novel.
I know I said I probably have another 40,000 words to go, at the very least, before I see the end of NANTUCKET. But if I put aside three hours a day to write over the next little while, I should be able to pull it off faster than I would writing 2,000 words a day.
I really think I’m going to do this.