If I'm ever going to get my novel finished, I'm going to have to set some goals. And the only way I'm likely to stick to a goal, is if I tell someone else about it. Since I know at least a couple of people read this blog from time to time, this is as good a place as any to state that goal. So here it is, I'm going to finish the first draft of my novel by the middle of June.
That means that I'll need to write approximately 1,000 words per day. Theoretically, that shouldn't be a problem, since I managed to write 1,700 words per day when I participated in NaNoWriMo. However, NaNoWriMo is an entirely different animal. For one, there are lots of other writers that are posting their progress, so it gives you some competitive incentive. Secondly, when you're writing for NaNoWriMo, you're really focusing on quantity over quality, because the whole idea is to get your creative juices flowing while ignoring that inner editor. For my novel, I want quality and quantity so that editing and revising isn't such a daunting task.
So far I've written around 24,000 words and I'm up to chapter ten, which is the end of part one. My estimation for the total length, based on a very rough outline, is 80,000 words. I'm shooting for around thirty or so chapters coming in at around 250 pages. Of course, pages is kind of a moot point when we're talking about an eBook, which this will most likely be. However, in my opinion and from what I've read, 80,000 words is appropriate for the genre and for a debut author.
The next thing I plan to do is put up some kind of word count tracker here to log my daily progress. Or am I just finding new ways to procrastinate? :) I guess I'd better get back to writing.