08 July 2018
It’s the end of the first week of my 16-week plan and I’m on-target!
I needed to get the first beat half-done, and I hit that 5,000-word goal!
Overall, the story is at 20,566 words now, which has nudged me over the 25% milestone!
I didn’t record my exact word count last week, but I know that combining all the points-of-view “netted me 16,000 words in total”. So, let’s round off, and say I wrote 4,000 words last week.
I’d feel a bit more comfortable about achieving my 16-week plan if I could get that up to 5,000 words per week. 5,000 would certainly give me a buffer for bad weeks in the future.
To an extent, this week was just one of those “bad” weeks. I had food poisoning all day Sunday and didn’t get anything done. I went to my day job on Monday morning, but came home in the afternoon and took another day-and-a-half off sick. For the rest of the week, I wasn’t so much sick as I was exhausted.
Anyway, I want to work on getting that word count up.
The biggest challenge for me right now is reminding myself that the first draft is not the final draft.
I keep catching myself pausing and thinking about what perfect word to use in a sentence, and that’s just wrong. Now’s not the time. Now’s the time for getting words out, getting the story told, and the polishing comes later.
So, I really need to work on keeping the words flowing and worrying far less about sculpting it just yet.
According to the 16-week plan, by this time next week I need to have the first beat entirely done. That’s essentially 5,000 words, but I’d love to get even more done so I’ve got a head-start on the next goal.
I hope you’re all achieving your dreams!
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