11 July 2008

The home stretch

Quote of the day:
He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.

- G. K. Chesterton


cosmos Now that I have finished celebrating yesterday’s little word-count victory, I can set the target for the next week.

The final target for the novel is around 60k, which means I have another 18k to write. I can do this in 3 weeks, at 6k a week. I am going on conference from the 3rd of August (non-writing related), which is just over 3 weeks away, forcing me to keep to this deadline. The weather is also forcing me indoors, so the only distraction will be the interwebs.

Of course, I would like to write more than 6k a week, but I think I should be realistic, and stick to that as a target, especially considering I am also supposed to be writing an exam in the next week or two. However, most of the last couple of chapters have already been written, and it is a matter of polishing and tying up loose ends, etc. so it is well within my reach to do more than 6k a week. But I will stick to a 6k target, and score extra points (in my own book) if I manage more than that *smile*

  • Current word count: 41800
  • Target for the week-end: 4000
  • Target for the next week (including this week-end’s 4000): 6000, which works out to an average of 500 words a day for the week days (Monday to thursday).

This should bring me to 48000 words roughly next week Friday (18 July 2008).

I would also, if possible, achieve my word count targets while consuming less chocolate. Gah! What am I saying? More chocolate, not less!

What fuels you while you write? Are you a chocolate fiend, caffeine addict, or is there something else that keeps you going?


Sharon Lippincott said...

I love coffee, I love tea... I recall a children's ditty about this. Chocolate is good too, but my waistline won't allow more than a tiny nibble.

Congratulations on your excellent progress. You deserve to feel elated.

BTW, the graphics add such a nice touch to your posts. It all looks so elegant, words and pictures together.

Vanessa said...

@Ritergal: thank you so much. Your words of encouragement has also contributed greatly to my progress recently.
And thank you.

Anonymous said...

You mean people write without caffeine and chocolate?

Oh, HELL no.


Good job -- your site is beautiful and you're really accomplishing a lot.

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