It’s Friday! But where’s Friday Fare? Well, I planned to publish this on Tuesday and then thought … oh I’ll do that on Wednesday. Well, Wednesday came and went, so instead of Friday Fare, you get to hear about my latest madness. xo!
Now that Afterlife (AL) is hanging out and getting itself ready for the next round of edits (October 1st, baby!), my attention is turning to another project that I’ve worked on intermittently over the past few years. The working title on this one is Dragonfly and it’s a romantic suspense novel that’s set near a lake in Minnesota. (Because, well, we have 10,000 of them … might as well set a story near one.)
At the beginning of this month, I envisioned a pretty ambitious goal. The story already has about 53,000 words. I took a few days at the beginning of the month to re-familiarize myself with these old friends and was pleased that my characters are at least upright and not totally inconsistent shells of fictional behavior. I finished an outline for the story over Labor Day weekend and now I’m trying to make hay on my goal: An additional 50K by October 1st. Or basically, the creation of another SFD.
Fifty thousand words over the course of a month roughly translates to about 1,600 words per day. To make up for the week (or so) that I missed due to the holiday, I’m aiming for 3,000 words per day. (Cue maniacal laughter.)
Three thousand words is hard, but it’s doable. And honestly – I’m not quite there yet. I’ve been averaging 1,500 a day and got derailed over the weekend, but as I’m tweaking my process and scheduling longer afternoons / evenings where I can write, I think that 3,000 is in reach.
BUT … what I’ve struggled with is establishing a regular writing routine in my life. (Hell, I’m still struggling.) Getting into this habit and chasing daily word count goals has felt fabulous in terms of measuring concrete progress on my novel. So, even if I’m only getting halfway to my goal – that’s still words on paper. Those are still chapters that I can eventually edit.
Beyond writing this post for some accountability, I also have a weekly phone call with one of my fellow writer buddies on Fridays. My friend Jeff is trying to get into a writing routine with his work-in-progress. So we talk on Friday – we discuss what went well, what didn’t, and what we can do to change direction in the upcoming week and get closer to our individual goals. It’s a little woo-woo, but it works.
I’m hopeful that the practice I establish for Dragonfly seeps over to my writing life in general – through the upcoming Afterlife edits and beyond. I’ll keep my progress posted in upcoming Friday Fares!
P.S. – Since it’s not Friday without a little bit of rambling from me, please check out this YouTube concert from Sylvan Esso. It’s the latest thing I’ve been listening to lately and although it’s totally out of my usual milieu, I. Love. It.