Oh, gosh, a chapter a day, that'd be a miracle for me. When I have an empty schedule and get to just write, my goal is to finish a chapter per week. If I can meet that, then I know I'm on a roll. But inevitably, RL interrupts and throws me off.
I like your trick! That sounds handy. I believe it was Hemingway who would end his writing day midway through a sentence, so he'd have plenty of motivation when he started the next day, and he wasn't starting cold, since he was already in the middle of a thought. I've tried it, but discovered that I must have some form of OCD, b/c I couldn't stand leaving a sentence unfinished.
It pains me to realize it will take me many more months just to finish my books' second draft. Took me just under nine months to write the first, all by hand. September 2019 to May 2020. Looking like ten months for this next, bigger draft... and I am typing it. Originally wanted it done in six months with 110,000 words! Unrealistic and I am slow, so I lowered it to 80,000.
Take heart, HD! Stay the course. You got this.
Yeah, overhauling a draft from scratch always take me longer too. If I finish the first draft in 3-6 months, I can estimate the second draft will take me a year -- unless I'm working on multiple projects at once like I am now. Ugh. I swear, I'm about to undertake yet another overhaul of the opening of my historical, which will be the ... fourth? time I've tried to hammer out an opening for it (trying an entirely new format/timeline arrangement too), so this one is going to take me a LOT longer than expected.
We just gotta stick with it. There's magic in them thar words. Sometimes we gotta chase it down.
325 an hour, you’re a hero. I’m lucky to get maybe 300 but mote like 250. Part of that is how I write, especially if new material. Referring to notes, checking back on name spelling and such. I generally get 2-3 hours at a setting when I write now. My work schedule is a 2-2-3 12hr night shift.
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