My 7000 Word Weekend Challenge. To Myself.
Today is Friday, November 6.
My current manuscript is not moving fast enough for me. I’m used to doing about 1500 words a day, six days a week. This one, well, this one’s been rough. I’m at 53K, started back in early September. I need to get it moving. Like when a football team goes to the no huddle to jump start an offense that’s playing flat.
So, my challenge to myself? By 8pm on November 8, I will have written 7000 words. That will get me to 60K. Can I do it? Yeah, I can. The story is there, I just need to write it.
And this got me thinking: the importance of self-imposed deadlines. I need them. I work best “under the gun”. I set a deadline for myself every first draft, based on the above mentioned 1500 words a day. This is the first time I’ve not met a writing deadline. First time ever. I don’t know what it is this time, however, I suspect it’s because this book is the most complex story I’ve ever attempted, and it’s been a bit on the intimidating side. Trying to keep all the threads weaving, etc. I think this challenge will be exactly what’s needed to get me rolling down the road to The End. It will build the momentum that’s so very necessary in a first draft, what keeps a writer writing to the final page.
Do any of you use self-imposed deadlines? I would say to you that the next time you feel the draft flagging, give yourself some sort of deadline. Like, 10K words in the next week, etc. See if it helps.
I’ll fill you in on Monday as to how good, or bad, I did. Oh, and that’s another reason for me putting this down on the blog: I’d be WAY too embarrassed to drag my tail in here on Monday and say I didn’t make it. Great. Now I’ve got performance anxiety on top of everything else.
See you in a couple of days.