One thousand words a day. About four pages, double-spaced with one-inch margins—manuscript form. It’s doable. But I can be my own worst enemy. I have a bad habit of revising as I go, which can sometimes get in the way of whatever progress I’ve made. I need to take Stephen King’s advice from On Writing and save the editing for later, just let the story pour out of me in the first draft. Like Cecil Murphey said at a recent writers’ conference: “Just vomit it out!”
So, I’m writing a new novel-length manuscript (I won’t start calling them novels until one gets published; then I’ll be able to say: “I’m writing another novel. And Jeeves, while you’re at it, please lay out my dinner jacket.”) I put fingers to keyboard on it for the first time last Wednesday, and I currently have 6,714 words written. So far, not bad.
Now here’s where you come in. Yes, YOU. Hold me accountable. Check in periodically to see if I’ve met my goal for the day. One thousand words. Together, we will have a novel-length manuscript finished by March 2010!
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