1,481 words written tonight which means 50% of the novel has now been written. Hooray!
I started this blog so I could keep a record of my writing struggles and achievements and that now includes this novel so, mostly for me, here are my stats so far:
Started writing notes about the new novel: (roughly) 23 February 2007
Started writing novel: 15 March 2007
Number of words written between 15/03/07 and 13/05/07: 45,019
Average number of words written per day: 763
If I continue to write at this rate (and I write a 90,000 word novel) I should finish on: 15 July 2007 (and then the second draft begins).
That means I will have written a 90,000 word novel in 4 months. I thought I'd write it in 3 months (1,000 words a day give or take) but I haven't been quite that speedy. Still, four months doesn't sound too bad to me, though God knows how long the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (?) drafts will take to complete!
To be honest I've got no idea if I can keep up this pace. In A.Writer's blog I recently wrote that writing can be like an addiction and I do feel like writing this novel (as well as writing short stories and flashes and continually subbing stories to publications and comps) has taken over my life. When I'm not writing I'm thinking about writing or feeling guilty about not writing. For some reason I've developed a sense of urgency about this novel - I need to get it finished asap. That's partly because I'm used to writing short stories and I like to see results quickly and also because I'm scared that if I start to slack off this novel will go the same way as Novel #1 and I'll end up abandoning it. I want, need, to write a novel from beginning to end.
It's also because, over the last few years, I realised that life is short. We (by which I mean me) put off our dreams and ambitions because 'there's always tomorrow' but sometimes we don't get a tomorrow, sometimes our dreams are cut short. That, if I'm totally honest, is what keeps me writing (nearly) every day.
That said, I know my limits and I'm all written out for today - time for a glass of wine (or two!) and some mindless TV. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend.