I Didn’t Write Today

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.

7 thoughts on “I Didn’t Write Today

  1. Julie

    In my experience, setting a goal is about 75% of the battle. I don’t see any reason why you can’t finish in a timely manner.

    At least I hope so — that puts us closer to reading it, too!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..What Was I Thinking? =-.

  2. Dorte H

    Good plan! Stick to it, writer!
    Today I had a message from one of the other participants in my writing course. She suggested we should read each others´ crime manuscripts. It sounds very useful – I am much better at living up to other people´s expectations than just writing for my own sake.
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..Antonia Fraser, Oxford Blood (1985) =-.

  3. Ann-Kat (Today, I Wrote...)

    I know I’ve said it once before, but I really do need to take a page from the Book of Belle and start setting down some firm writing goals and then stick to them. Even though you didn’t meet your word count quota for the day or yesterday, it’s still inspiring to hear that you made your writing a priority for the day.

    Sometimes I find myself stuck…I have the scene in my head, I know what I want to happen, and I’m in some world of bliss, but I just can’t bring myself to pick up a pencil and write it down–like it will spoil the moment somehow. LOL

    Ever have days like that?
    .-= Ann-Kat (Today, I Wrote…)´s last blog ..Character Sketches as Inspiration =-.


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