I was going to start this post by saying I’ve had a bad weeks writing, that I’ve slacked off for most of the week but as I add up my words for the week I’ve not done as bad as I thought: Last Sunday, the 2nd, I wrote 407 words. On Monday 232, Tuesday 1013, Wednesday 570, Thursday and Friday a bit fat 0 for both days, and yesterday (Saturday 8th) 949. That’s a total of 3171 for the week from this time last Sunday. It’s still not as good as I’d like it to be but I was pleasantly surprised when I added those numbers up.
For a long time now I’ve felt like, for me, twenty thousand words a month is an achievable goal. That breaks down to five thousand a week and a thousand a day. When I look at my day job, spending time with family and friends, and the silly amount of time I spend watching movies and boxsets (I’ve just finished the second series of The Man In The High Castle, wow!), then I think 20k a month is a decent target. For the moment. Over time as I get more disciplined I’ll raise that target as I go depending on how productive I am getting. I think I’ll keep the 20k as a minimum target though. If I can hit that each month I will be thrilled.
To do that though I’ve got to be prepared, that’s where the outlining comes in. I’m working on two at the moment that are at different stages. My plan is to have them both done for when I finish fixing the zombie story, and for when I finally finish this second draft of my fan fiction piece. Then I can dive in and be writing each day in addition to editing. I’m not sure how I’ll manage my time at that point but I’ll figure it out. I’ve got a few ideas I’m working on but I think a lot will unfold when I’m doing it.
I’ve got another blog post to write, then a little breakfast and then I’ll be getting into this fan fiction piece. I want to start this writing week off with a chunky word count.