Monday, July 24, 2006

Monday is the new Thursday

Nah, but it was a pretty good writing day anyway. Still enjoying vacation, so I spent the day much as I did on Thursday last week: morning in the coils of the mermaid (at Starbucks), lunch at Shish Kabob, then a couple of hours by the beach. Weird thing: it was low tide, which it was not on Thursday, and the water must have been 200 feet farther away than it was on Thursday. I had some trouble with glare, hurting both my eyes and my ability to read my computer screen. Nevertheless, I broke 2250 words for the day. So here's where I am right now:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19,658 / 120,000

Incidentally, Real Live Preacher mentioned last week that 1,000 words in a day is a big deal, almost never sort of thing for him. A thousand words a day is approximately what my normal work writing schedule comes out to—well, it's actually 25,000 words in 20 days. And if I'm to finish this novel on time, I need to average 903 words a day for the next 111 days (just short of 16 weeks). So these 2– to 3,000-word days are really important. Sorry, Preacher. My goal is 6,000 words a week, though I need to beat that these next few days to catch up. My plan is to shoot for 450 words per day Monday through Thursday, when I can pretty much only write for an hour before work, and then go for 1,400 words Friday through Sunday (company-wide, Hasbro has moved to what we used to call Summer Hours: 9 hours M–Th, with a shortened Friday, so I can write on Friday afternoons).

Can I do it? I'll keep you posted.

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