My right leg hurts after long day, and causes me to slow down sometimes. But that’s not what this post is about.
Though I’ve made some progress lately I still feel I’m only limping along.
Yesterday, in a conversation I had pointed out to me that I could really use a daily project, something to accomplish each day that isn’t tied to numbers like hours writing or words written. So now I must decide what a single unit of writing will be for me.
I have chosen this: One chapter a day.
My chapters are of pretty regular length, but often run long or a little short as well. I’m pleased with the idea.
The other key to this concept is to make every chapter feel like a major stepping stone in the story, which itself is something I should be doing anyway. A sense of progression is a powerful (and necessary) tool to work with in fiction.
With my novella drafted I have 1-2 novel projects left to finish this month. The first of the these two possible novels is the novel I started for national novel writing month last november. I got the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo but the story has grown and I’m still working on the first draft. Around 30,000 words to go.
The other work is a freelance project I may not be getting back to this month based on client reaction to earlier work. It will run around 30,000 words when I get the go-ahead.
So 60,000 words is roughly where I’m headed for the month.
Off I go.