Well, I've started it - the 100,000 words in 100 days challenge (see previous post for details) and, so far, two days in, I'm on track! Current word count for novel 4 is 2,300 words.
Unlike novel 3, which I outlined in detail before writing, I'm totally 'pantsing' this one. I know the structure I need to use and I know what happens in the end and a few twists and turns I need to include on the way but that's about it! It's scary and exciting at the same time (not least because the last novel I 'pantsed' was HEAVEN CAN WAIT') and each time I sit down to add another 1,000 words I think 'oh god, what am I going to write?' but then, after I've written my 1,000 words, I'm buzzing because the novel has revealed something new to me.
Only 98,000 words to go...
I should mention that it's relatively easy to find the time to write at the moment as I'm not back at work until next week (so I can write during the Spudling's two hour lunchtime nap) but it'll be decidedly more tricky from next Monday! As I mentioned in my last blog post I also want to find the time to exercise this year so I need to squeeze everything in. My great plan? I drop the Spudling at his childminder at 8am. I can get home by 8.10am if I don't fanny about having a chat which gives me 50 minutes to write before I need to start the day job (I'm lucky to work from home apart from Tuesday). I'll then work from 9am until 12, then do a Wii or DVD workout in the living room for half an hour and then have lunch. More work from 1pm until 5pm then I pick up the Spudling. And if I don't meet my 1,000 word quota in the morning I finish writing after Spudling's gone to bed and me and Mr Metal have had dinner. Easy! *cough* I think this might be one hell of a knackering year but I'm going to give it my best shot!
What have you got planned?