I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, many times. Writing a book is hard. I’ve written enough books to know how hard it is, so I’m under no illusions that it takes a lot of time and effort. The effort comes from sticking at it, making yourself start and keep going as long as you can, day in day out. But time isn’t always on a writer’s side. Trying to finish my current work in progress, The Brittle Sea, has been a struggle over the last year or so. Prevarication, work, family, mixed with an almost year long illness in one of our dogs and then his death three months ago left me tired and dispirited. But I’m back to my usual determined self and have imposed a 55 day writing stint off 600+ words a day.
Today is day eight and my word count is 6091. That’s an average of 761+ a day. Some days are proving better than others, but my total count for The Brittle Sea is now 58,406 and I’m thinking about aiming higher each day that goes on. I want my word count to be 100,000 when I’m finished on the 31st October. In other words I need to be averaging almost 900 words a day. Can I do it? Who knows? But I’ll give it a damn good try.
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