Finally! 20,000 words! It took longer than it should have (24 days to be exact, which averages out to a little over 400 words per day) but I’ve reached my second mini-milestone. Yesterday I popped into a Starbucks while my boyfriend went on a big job interview down the road. I was able to pump out 1,900 words in an hour and a half. Maybe a change of scenery needs to happen more often.
Now it’s time to set a new goal. Doing this actually brings me some joy so 🙂 🙂 :). I have to go back to work July 28th. I’m feeling pretty excited about the start of a new school year but I’m definitely set to enjoy the rest of my break. I have 19 days before my days get pretty hectic; you can count on a separate post about how the heck I’m going to keep up writing while in school, working full time and coaching sports. Anyway, these last 19 days will not be obligation free either. I’m taking two summer graduate courses that end on the 31st and I have every intent to complete all my assignments before I go back to work too. That noted, I’m shooting for another 10,000 words. I know I won’t get there by writing everyday, especially when the school work piles up, but all it takes is a few very good days and I think I’ll have some of those.
As for long term goals, achieving my next short one will leave me at 30,000 words. I’m not sure how long my first draft will be. I think 80,000 would be ideal and if I can manage 10,000 words a month once I go back to work (and I’m honestly not sure if I can), that’ll get me to 80,000 by the end of the year. That’s a longer timeline that I expected when I started this adventure. Don’t laugh, but when I was sitting on 15 pages at the end of May, I imagined having the entire draft done before returning to work and the whole book primed, polished and perfect by the end of the year. Ha! Live and learn. Live and learn.
I did say that 80,000 words would be ideal but I’ll be quite surprised if i don’t reach the end of my story closer to 60,000. This is largely due to skimping on some content here and there while holding steadfast to no backtracking. It’s really too early to know. We’ll see.