At the beginning of July I set out to write my first full draft of Elin’s Story from beginning to end. To encourage myself (and provide a small degree of entertainment for my various friends who have been hearing about the novel for two years or more without seeing any results), I put a progress metre on my homepage and fairly faithfully updated it daily. My target was 105,000 words and I had the whole of July and August to achieve it. Two thousand words a day, for sixty days – sure, that would do it.
Oh dear, not even close.
As I approached the end of August I realised I had managed to write on just 39 days of the 60 and had produced not quite 25,000 words of copy (with a little more than 10,000 words of back-story). That works out at 884 words-a-day. Disappointing, but on the other hand, not so bad. It is, after all, 884 words-a-day more than nothing at all.
Back from holiday now, with the autumn rain rattling on the window, I am facing a clear stretch of, say, 90 days before Christmas. If I can keep up the same average rate, and write every day between now and then, I might still manage to complete the draft by the end of the year.
And so, I shall push on. From Monday 20th September, expect to see the progress metres crawling forward again.
(For more on the progress metres I’m using, look at the tail end of my original article here.)