Last week I had a ‘thinking’ day to myself. It was a chance to escape from the house and rest and reflect on various things – bliss! I decided that I really needed to set myself some goals and some deadlines if I’m going to press forward with my novel.
I looked at my weekly schedule and worked out that I could probably fit in half an hour in the mornings before breakfast to write 200 words each day. On my writing afternoons on Wednesdays my goal is to write 2,000 words, making a total of at least 3,000 words a week. At that rate I hope to finish my first draft by the end of the year.
The new schedule has been going really well so far. The added bonus of writing a little each day is that I don’t forget where I am come Wednesday, and it’s been much easier to keep up with the plot line, especially now that I’m heading towards the middle section of the novel.
Today I finally hit 30,000 words! I was so pleased! I’ve set a rough target of 60,000 words for my first draft (intending to pad it out in later drafts) so that means I’m about half way through.
I’m also finding new ways of working around my plot structure, such as writing scenes to do with one character at a time, or writing all the ‘flashback’ scenes together. I know this is something that’ll need a lot more work in my second draft, but it’s been helpful as I develop the characters in the first draft.
Have a good writing week!