Egad! More Math??! Last time. I promise.
To set yourself up for success, you will need to have a due date as a solid goal. I've learned 2 things about writing and goals:
1. what gets monitored, gets done
2. deadlines make things happen
If you approach this project with the "I will work on it when I can, and I'll finish it someday" attitude, you will never finish. You won't. Writing is hard. It takes dedication to push through the days when the words will not come. If you don't care when you finish, you won't finish. Set a due date!
On the other hand, if you tell yourself (and significant others in your life) that you'll start October 29 and be done by Thanksgiving, then you've set yourself up for failure and despair. No one can write a decent draft in a month.
Well, okay. Yes, some people do write a complete 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Hence NaNoWriMo. But do you want to rush? Either way, you should set daily goals, weekly goals and a final deadline for your rough draft.
Me? I have a day job. In the past, I would aim for 750 words per day, 5 days per week. That's about 3 pages daily. (I'll explain tomorrow why that's such a low number.) If I'm aiming for around 90,000 words, that's 360 pages. 360/3= 120 working days. At 5 days per week, that's 24 weeks. If I start November 1, my 30 weeks ends April 17. I know that if I get on a roll – especially on weekends or school holidays – I'll end up ahead. But the end of May is my hard deadline. As I said, I also have a Beta reader who wants chapters as I complete them. She is a whip-cracker deluxe.
You? Do the math. Find your goals. Mark them on a calendar, or put them on your phone. Do something so that the goal is in front of your face. Your Daily Count & Deadline Template is here.
Your turn. Go.
Are you going to knock this thing out for NaNoWriMo? Let me know so I can follow you and cheer you on!
You can see the other posts in this series right here.
Job 5:8 needs to be my go-to response, "As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause."