I wrote roughly 35,000 fiction words in May and the same in June. I initially had a goal of doing 50K in May, and then in June, I just wanted to beat May's number. When July rolled around, I happened to just be coming to a point in the novel where it's starting to unravel, because I haven't got enough of a vision for what's going to happen. So I decided I'm due for a break, to brainstorm and organize plot, and to re-vision the next several months of writing.
So here's what I want to achieve:
- Start my month of counting words on July 8, aiming for 1667 words a day and 40,000 for the month.
- Assuming a chapter is ~6000 words and I'll be writing two drafts of it during this time, I would like to complete 4 chapters during the month that I'm mostly not going to throw out.
- Assuming the novel will be 150K words, or 25 chapters, and putting in a couple weeks more of breaks, I would complete a medium draft by the end of October. Just in case it isn't complete then, I'll use the energy of Nanowrimo to whizz through whatever's left.
- Assuming I need to do two more revisions, two months each one, my final draft could be complete at the end of February. During this time I'll get editing done by Kiersten and at the Critters Writers Workshop.
*sigh* It's not going to be done as quickly as I would like, but then again I've been at this for many years already and I've got to be realistic.
- Write one flash fiction story per week, and submit one to an e-zine.
- Blog posts daily.
- I'll update on goals, or redo goals, on Mondays.