Another little visit to update you guys on what’s going on!
Last week I had my mid term ‘break’ for college. I say ‘break’ because I used that entire week to get a serious portion of a novel first draft out of the way. Taking my tutors’ advice on board, I’m starting a new novel to apply what we’ve learned a lot easier than trying to flog a dead horse (i.e. an old novel).
Of the seven days off, I wrote on six of them. The Saturday was marred by a football match that took up 9am-6pm and left me exhausted and degraded (we lost miserably!), so no writing was happening.
In those seven days, the highest word count for a single day was 12,656 on the second day. The lowest (not including Saturday) was 5,018 on the fourth day. So as you can guess, it was quite the productive week! I got just over 50,000 words of the draft done in that week alone.
This week has been a bit slower because classes started back up and as a result of both them and the hours of traveling to/from them, I’m quite shattered. I also spent a few nights in my girlfriend’s house in an entirely different county, which meant that I didn’t get much time to work on it. So far I’ve 5,000 done between two days of this week.
I’ve class tomorrow so not sure how much I’ll get done, so whatever I do I’m happy with. Then it’s a serious weekend session to hopefully either get it finished or get it damn close. I’m looking for 15,000+ between Saturday and Sunday.
The novel is definitely going to end up my longest piece to date and I estimate it to come in around the 80,000 mark. Exciting stuff! I’ll finally have a draft that I can actually cut from, rather than fearing it’s already too thin to work. And as I’m writing a YA Fantasy, I could really get away with 50,000-100,000. So I’ve plenty of words to cut!
I’ll pop in whenever the draft gets finished (hopefully Sunday) to let you know the final tally. Stay frosty!