Monday, April 23, 2018

Done in Six

To say that life’s been a bit crazy these past few months is an understatement. I haven’t had much time to finish my WIP—I haven’t even had time to write up my blog posts. I also haven’t been able to make my last couple monthly critique group meetings (which was keeping me on track of at least getting a chapter done a month).

I’ve been working on this book for 3 years. I have a boatload of reasons why I’m not getting it done, and some of them are actual reasons rather than excuses. However, there are some things that I could be sacrificing for my writing.

I currently have just over 83k words done. That’s a legit novel length. The end is within reach, yet if I don’t make a point to push past all the obstacles currently in my way then before I know it summer will be here, then my daughter’s birthday, then the start of school, then the start of my daughter’s activities... Yeah, and before I know it another year is gone and the book is once again not done.

And that’s just not acceptable.

So I’m saying it here, for public record—I WILL complete the first draft of this book by the end of May.

I have no idea how many words I need to bang out to get to the end, but I know if I make a goal of one chapter a week then I’ll get there because I honestly don’t think the story has more than six chapters left in it.

There. It’s done. Once I publish this post I’m on the hook and you all will be expecting me to give you an update in my next post on May 21st.

Now I’m off. I have some distractions to tie up so I can crank out that chapter over the next few days.



Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

You can do it, girl. I was in your place. Had 60K words done on a book and it took forever to finish, but I did finish it. You will too.

Carrie Beckort said...

Thanks, Kimberly!

Jonathan Schramm said...

Yes! You can do it! So can I! We all can! Thanks for the inspiration, Carrie.

Carrie Beckort said...

We've got this, Jonathan!

Jonathan Schramm said...

Carrie, I wanted you to know that I started editing my book again yesterday and managed to do an hour-and-a-half last night and (get this) I even woke up at 5:00am and did another two hours (from 5 to 7)! Insane, but I feel great! Hope things are going well for you-- see you in the done column on May 21st!

Brenda St John Brown said...

You can do it! I just got edits back from my editor and I'm going to get them done by May 4. Gulp. Here's to getting it ALL done!

Carrie Beckort said...

YES!! Way to go! I'm almost through with my chapter for the week. I'll have to crank it out today since I'm in 'dance mom' mode again all weekend. Looking forward to that done column!

Carrie Beckort said...

You can do it, too! Looks like May is going to be a great month for us here at Across the Board!

Jonathan Schramm said...

May the 4th be with you, Brenda!

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