I have started and not completed more novels than I care to admit.
Lately, I have been considering going back to school, as one thing I always wanted to accomplish was to earn a college degree. (If you are in college or just out of high school, and people are telling you that "taking a break" from school is a bad idea - even if you think it is just for a semester or just for a year - listen to them!)
Unfortunately, doing so does not make sense for me and my family financially right now. So, as the time for my mid-life crisis approaches (ha!), I have been looking around for other unfullfilled dreams to accomplish. Think about it, if I can't afford college, then I can't afford a sports car either, so I gotta come up with something else.
I believe I am finally at a point in my life where I have enough confidence in my ability as a creative story teller and a writer to do this one thing that has been gnawing at me since I was a child. SO! I took a weeks vacation from work to get going with it.
Funny, I had a few nice little day dreams where I would write 10k words a day and finish a whole novel in those 9 days (I planned on using weekends too!).
Yea - how many of you think I was able to accomplish that? (See that last sentence? That's me hoping someone actually reads this someday).
Nope - didn't happen. After 5 days I amat about 16K words. I'm not sure why I am so fascinated with how many words I have typed... I guess I think it isn't complete until I hit a certain mark, but really it's done when it's done. If it takes 70K or 100K words, thats what it is. (I have been shooting for 80K - we will see...)
Anyway that's where I am this morning - hoping I will hit 20K today. Once I go back to work my time is a bit more limited. But strangely, even though I have all day (minus the seemingly unavoidable distractions), I think I am only getting done as much writing as I probably would in a few hours a day.
I think I could be done in a few months if I commit to doing at least 1500 words a day after I go back to work. There is a mountain of editing and rewriting ahead of me - and much to my surprise, I think I am really looking forward to it. The story seems to solidify more each time I look back over a section and make some changes/improvements.
I'm curious if this process and the amount of writing I am getting done in a day is typical. Is there even really a typical amount?
Well - thanks for listening... And for being my silent therapist on this matter!