Whew. Another month of writing almost over. *Wipes brow* So how’d I do this month?
I didn’t write quite as many words as in September (about 16k as opposed to 24k), but I got a lot of act 2 planning done in the first half of October and am now well into act 2. I’ve reached the point where word count milestones have started blending together. At 10k and 20k, I get so excited to be over those hurdles. But today I reached 42k and have stopped patting myself on the back. I’m just trudging through the middle. I’ll save the back-patting for “The End.”
But there is something very exciting about getting this far: I’ve only ever surpassed 30k in the two books that I went on to finish. So, I can conclude that I will, indeed, finish TSS one day. And I might even be able to predict when that day is.
40k in two months means I’m about a 4-5 month first drafter for YA books (figuring on 80-95k because I write genre fiction). If this book winds up being around 90k like I expect, I’m looking at a completed first draft by the end of January. Yes please.
Self imposed deadlines are tough for me because…well, because I’m myself, and I can be quite forgiving when I’m curled up in a ball feeling bad about being behind. There are a couple of factors that might throw me off schedule–namely, the holidays and the fact that this book might creep up past 90k–but for now, I’m content with my loose deadline.
When I’m in the middle, it can feel so hard to see the end. For some reason that’s not the case right now. I don’t feel horribly overwhelmed. Maybe it’s because I’m not trying to look too far ahead on any given day, or maybe it’s because I’ve planned this book out so carefully (hint: it’s not the latter). Whatever the reason, I’m grateful.
How’d everyone else do writing-wise in October?
P.S. – I just read this YA thriller called Dangerous Girls that was awesome and twisty and I couldn’t put it down. Give it a read, if you’re so inclined…