Thursday, July 16, 2015

41 Large and 20 Short


So I'm churning out the first draft of the second book in my steampunk series and boy...is it a tight timeline. I've set word count goals every week to keep on track with my deadline, but I have to say its feeling fast and furious like NaNo. The thing is, I don't want to deal with the kind of manuscript I usually end up with with at the end of 30 days of frantic writing.

I'm not too worried, though. A LOT of planning went into this book beforehand. As an architect author (as opposed to you discovery writers) I do have the entire book plotted, outlined, and visualized. So I've got that going for me.

The pace of this book is sort of break neck. I have to get to 95,000-ish words by the end of August. I'm at 41,000 right now with two weeks to get another 20,000 down. So if I type for twelve days (we are camping somewhere in there) then I have to hit 1,600 words a day.

Not too hard...right?  Right? Gaaah!

I lost a lot of time caring for my mother in hospice and then helping my father through her passing this past month. We finally had the memorial and it was beautiful and sad and really messed up my head. I'm not sure how to deal.

For now, I'll just keep going. Putting my hiney in the chair and my hands on the keys and pray the story flows despite my troubled mind.

If any of you have suggestions for or experience dealing with this kind of situation...I'm all ears.

Until next time...Go Write!


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Sandra Cox said...

So sorry for your loss.
Sounds like you've got that manuscript practically written:)

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Mark Koopmans said...

Hey Raquel,

Sorry for your troubles (as the Irish say) and I don't have any tips, except to remind you NOT to stop writing... it's so easy for us to fall off the horse... and sometimes so hard to get back on...

Wishing you all the very best and "break a leg!"