So, lets go through my head for a moment, a scary thought. One of my internal editors, one of many of slouching, 40 oz guzzlin’ vatos sitting on the stoop of my minds eye is looking at me in the same depreciating way they always do. But maybe today he has something better to add than ‘you can’t make 50k in a month, ese’. What I think as I stare at my mornings effort is;
“I can’t make 50k in one month, not at this rate. Hell, I’ll have to write weekends!”
Then why don’t you actually get off your fat ass big guy and write, shock, during your lunchbreak. Actually pull finger and write more than one hour a day.
“But I can’t write during lunch break. It’s only 30 minutes long, and if I write 30 minutes, then I won’t have written about 1,800 words which is about the length of the chapters I’m aiming for.”
So why don’t you just write part of the chapter, dumb ass, and write the rest tomorrow morning.
“But, but, but, but … then I’ll be part through a chapter.”
So how else are you gonna make up a 4k shortfall? Not by writing 200 words above the target per day.
“Fine. I give up. I’ll freaking write.”
And so I wrote extra today, putting in extra work, and even though it wasn’t as much as I would like to do in one sitting. What’s the lesson here, other than my mind is strange? I guess it would be that even if you can squeeze in 10 minutes, and kick out 100 words, then it all adds up in the end. Every word counts.
14,093 words written (should be 16,670, shortfall 2,577), in 7.75 hours. 1,818 words per hour. 1,409 words per day. 6 cups of coffee drunk.