Well, I am at about 31,000 words of a 80-90,000 word novel called Void Emissary. I was at 17,000 or so on Sunday. I am slamming through this novel. Loving the work, trying to get at least 5,000 to 6,000 words out a day. It isn’t easy, yet I have a job to do and the word count creeping up is a great way to make me feel better about the deadline I made.
I have some friends from my alma mater of UCR @ Palm Desert who made a group for use alums. I was invited to join a few days ago and was told that the group was there to help push us, to set down a goal and to set up a big carrot and bigger stick for us. I thought it would be a great thing to put up my own deadline. And there are some who think I am a bit crazy.
On the 19th of June, I put up I would have Void Emissary done and on Amazon on July 15th. They think I am nuts. I might be, yet I am already a third of the way through the first draft. I plan on doing a read through of it myself, correct it, then when it is edited, I will send it out to two editors I know and give it to a few people who I know will respond with something I can work with.
The carrot? Haven’t put one up, but I am sure it will be good.
The stick? Hehe, i have to donate $500 to a presidential candidate I despise and actively campaign for them.
As soon as I wrote the stick, I started to have the terror sweats. But the way i am clipping along with the novel, I will have it done within plenty of time to get it up on Amazon.
Anyway, I must go, I am halfway through my words for the day. Trying to get 6k since yesterday I only got 4.7k done.