Monday, October 25th, 2004 • No Comments on Goals, Not Plans
There is one week left of October. How did that happen?
So much to do. I have a couple of deadlines to meet, a book outline to finish drafting and a long weekend to fill with plans. I think I’ve talked myself out of a Halloween party, though. Maybe an Election Day party instead? I’ll be a nail-biting mess, might as well share the joy.
Next Monday is November 1st, so it’ll be write, write, write for me. I’ll probably track my progress here somehow, though I won’t be posting anything I’m writing. If you know me (and even if you don’t), please be sure to nudge me along in November. Guilt me into writing, if necessary. Ask me how many pages I’ve written, for instance. I might also respond well to bribery, if you’re so inclined.
My writing goal for November is 10 pages a day. That is
ambitious and would have me making the 50,000 word goal by November 20, and—if I could sustain that level of production—75,000 words by the end of the month. It won’t happen, but it’s something to shoot for. The book I’m outlining should come in at around 75,000-80,000 words, whenever I do finish it.
I have to say, I’m excited about the prospect of drowning myself in words next month. I’m sure my excitement will fade as the days pass and my carpal tunnel makes me ache and what I’m writing begins to read like crap and I’m having nightmares about editors telling me I suck.
Tell me again why I’m going to do this to myself?