Word Counting...

An 80,000 word novel sounds like quite a lot. Until you realize that it can be 250-300 pages when bound/compiled. Then that's a smaller sized paperback.

I'm currently 14,000 words away from the end. Of the first draft. And I'm already quite sure that I'll rewrite the entire first and last chapters. My husband and I stayed up horrendously late watching Interstellar (almost three hours long!) and when we finally got into bed a much better first chapter sprung into my mind.

Thank God I wrote it down. The notes function on an Iphone is remarkably useful. As I'll discuss in a later post, my quota of 1,000 words/day is a part of a much larger plan and staying on task day-to-day is essential for my long term success. I write even when I don't want to write (excepting 1 day this week). And if I don't finish my count I tack it on to the next day's so that it gets done. Sometimes the words flow and I can be done in two hours. Other days I'll only get little snippets of time to write and it takes me all day.

My advice is to constantly remind yourself of your end goal. 'Do something today that your future self will thank you for' and that includes getting the word count down.

Stay tuned this Friday for the big title reveal!