And now I have the number of functioning brain cells once associates with, I don't know, a brownie or something.
I wrote a grand total of 50,039 words in one month for my latest project, The Winter Court. In late October, I wasn't completely sure this was going to happen. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have done it!
I discovered three key things while on the voyage known as novel-writing.
1. I can consistently write 2,000 words in a little less than an hour. If I really buckle down, that means I can finish projects much more quickly than I have in the past.
1A (because I have to have three points in true literary fashion, which means I have to get creative). I cannot write 3,000 words every day. It takes exponentially longer, and by the time I finish, I can't do anything but watch TV all day. HOWEVER, writing 3,000 words a day for the first week made writing 2,000 words more efficient than it has ever been.
1B. I need weekends. Weekends are perfect. Weekends are lovely.
And 2. I did not finish my novel. With my roughest estimation, it will be around 90,000 words long. Could I write that in a month? Probably. Would it hurt? Yeah. You bet.
And finally, 3. I need some time away from my novel. I love the characters, I love the story so far, but I've reached the point where I realize I have absolutely no idea where I'm going with this. I don't know how the novel ends. I mean, I know how it sort of ends-- the hero wins, gets the girl, and lives happily ever after-- but I don't know the particulars. Any of them. And I would like to have these firmly in hand before I return to the manuscript.
And return I shall! This is only a passing break, albeit much-needed. I can figure out where my novel is going. And in the meantime, I can work on my other, poor-little-abandoned-projects that, you know, have due dates that are sort of creeping up on me.
But as for today, I'm taking time off. I think I've earned it. : )
Writers, keep writing!