Saturday, November 13, 2010

Full Steam Ahead

After months of struggling, I think I have finally broken through that wall! November started out slow, 5 days with not a word written at all. I was wondering if even my modest 9k goal was too high. Then, as I got into a routine this underway, I started writing every day. I've written every day for the past 8 days, and I have already trounced my 9k goal! (Currently sitting at 11,572 for the month.) Plus, I finally got past the "old part" of my draft into the newer stuff that requires very little rewriting. For example, today I typed up a scene of 3167 words that needed only a few cosmetic tweakings, and it took less than an hour. I am on to Chapter 9 of 18, and I am really starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and that light is a third draft...).

So hopefully this momentum can continue! I am underway for another 6 days, and I have no reason to think I won't be able to keep this up the whole time. I've even started to have new novel ideas pop into my head and realized that, in a few months, I might be able to start seriously working on them! Awesome. I have to remind myself to slow down a little, I still need at least another draft of this one, but I'm already drafting queries in my head and wondering which agent will be right for me.

I'm just going to enjoy the optimism for now! =)

Monday, November 1, 2010

October 2010 Wrap-Up

Another month, gone already? Say it isn't so! October was...disappointing, to say the least. Although this time I DO have an excuse for it. Work has been crazy. Absolutely crazy. (I'm going on 12 hours of being here today!) So I'm going to not judge myself too harshly for these numbers.

October total: 5,866.

It's low. Very low. I know that. I have very little hope for November. In fact, I'm refining my previously optimistic goals down to a more reasonable number--9,000. I hope it's small enough that is doesn't seem too daunting, but large enough to get another scoop of the draft done.

Maybe it's one disappointing month after another, but I am NOT giving up. I am NOT going to lose hope. I believe in this book, and if not this one, then another, because I believe in myself.