Book update – 40,000 words

write 15 minutes a day

I’ve just completed my 60th check-in on coach.me and I have reached 40,000 words. Woo! The last two weeks have been much harder going, but I think I’m out of the “giving up” woods now. There’s something about being around the 30-40k mark that is quite demoralising – you’ve written so much, but there is still so much to go.

I’m quite surprised that I hit 40k on exactly my 60th check in, which gives me a running daily average of 666 words a day (interesting number!). My coach Jen has suggested I schedule a day off every two weeks to avoid burnout. This came after I had a particularly long and busy day and decided at the end of it that I just couldn’t face writing for even 15 minutes.

I’m getting new ideas for the structure and chapterisation (is that even a word?) of the book now. I have pretty much written non-stop, adding the odd <x> to donate natural breaks, but not really paying attention to them. Some sections are a couple of pages and some are very long indeed and need breaking up. The editing process is going to be a big job, but I quite enjoy refining what I’ve already got, so I’m looking forward to that part.

It seemsĀ like I am still on target for finishing at the end of January, but we’ll see how much disruption the festive period causes. Overall, I’m chuffed to be at this point bearing in mind all the other stuff that’s going on and the launch of my new mini business Five Pixels last month. The power of 15 minutes a day is not to be underestimated!

Quick Book Update – 30,000 Words

I’ve checked in on coach.me 45 times and I’ve reached 30,000 words. That’s 45 days of stealing 15 minutes from somewhere to write. It’s going well, and my end goals have become clearer over the last week or so.

At the rate I am writing, I am aiming to have a completed first draft by my 120th check in. That means I’m about a third of the way through, and that pretty much ties in with where I feel I am in the story.

Given the odd day where I might not write (I’ve had a few ill days and one where I just didn’t manage it), that takes me to about the end of January.

At that point, I’ll shelve it for 4-6 weeks before I start the editing process. That will be some time in March I guess. I have no idea how long the first revision will take. I do have a lot of ‘TODOs’ in the text where I need to confirm things or look things up so I need to deal with those first and then revise. Next update at check-in 60.

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