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It used to be 1000. Then 1200. Recently it grew to 1500 and today it grew to 2500.

2500 words added to my novel in one sitting.

I’m aiming for a total of 80,000 words by the end of June. I’ve been told it’s the bare minimum for a full length novel. Today I passed the 56,000 word line, making me confident that I’ll reach my self imposed goal. At this rate I might even reach it early, but let’s not hold our breaths.

Some of the words I’ve written are terrible. Many of them are good. But the whole certainly needs a lot of work. That said, the story is there, it’s flowing fast, and that’s definitely good.

It’s not always easy to sit down and write. Some days I welcome the Twitter/Instant Message/Email distractions. Other days I get bogged down in other work. Sometimes the story gets stuck and I’m scared to open the file. The words don’t come, the characters don’t speak, the blinking cursor paralyzes me completely.

Then, sometimes, it’s the opposite. I’m sucked into the story and I have trouble stopping. I ignore all the pings and beeps from my friends inside the computer and I just write. 5:00pm comes and goes. I know that I have to stop, I have to shut down my computer and run for the car. I know that the girls are waiting for me at daycare and I can’t be late, but the story is flowing, the characters are alive, and it’s so hard to make myself stop. Those are the days M gets home and finds the girls eating at the table while I stand at the counter typing away at the computer. Or they’re the days that I fill my Flip with short clips bursting with ideas that keep coming hard and fast as I rush to get the girls.

56,000 words down. 24,000 to go.

The lines are drawn.
The course is set.
I’m just racing to the finish.

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10 responses

  • And I thought you were talking about lovey smushy points! My book is only around 21k, but it’s a collection of short stories so that’s o.k.

  • Well I’m glad I’m not the only one standing at the kitchen counter typing away while the rest of my family is eating dinner!

  • I suppose I didn’t realize that one had to count words to write a book. I just thought it was the beginning, middle and end that matter–throw in all the stuff in between.

    Maybe it’s because I read too many kids’ books?

    Today I have learned, and it’s not even 5:30 yet.

    Keep racing, and I will throw water cups to you to sustain you…

  • I think it all depends on the story. I don’t count the words until the end. My first (yes, I have a bit of a verbosity problem at times) was 150,000 words!!! egad! I spent all last summer cutting 50,000 of those. My most recent was 70,000 so I had to go back and make it more interesting, which was fun. I’m not one of those who counts daily words, but maybe I should be, since I haven’t written much in a few days.

    Like I said, I blame it on twitter, and laughing at the wee comments by my newfound friend, kikarose.

  • Yeah, I knew you could do it! I can hardly wait to read it!

  • Congratulations on getting way past the halfway point. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Congrats! That is super exciting!

    I have found when I sit to write my thoughts are gone, so I decided I am going to start recording my talking then type the book up. I have a few ideas for a novel not sure for certain which I will focus on.

    Looking forward to reading yours!

    brandyellen@happilyblended.com

  • WTG! Congrats. I am so jealous that you can type until 5 pm on some days! I’m constantly having to go back and forth to pick up the kids (one at noon, other at 2 pm.) I only have an hour or two in the morning, but I’m getting there, even if it’s at a snails pace LOL. I have a few short stories written, but they need A LOT of re-work. I have a few novels I started also, but for some reason I feel the need to finish these darn stories.

  • i will no longer feel rejected when you don’t ping me back. 🙂

    good job… can’t wait for your novel!

  • That is great! I know as I write more often I become faster and get more ideas!

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