Keeping Score: January 31, 2020

As I’d hoped, I was able to write some more over the weekend last week, and boost my total word count to 1,724.

So the fact that I’ve only got 1,121 words written so far this week is ok.

Especially now that I’m at the point where I’m mostly editing chapters again, instead of drafting new ones to fill in gaps. Easier to comb through a chapter for continuity errors than write the first draft containing said errors.

So I’m 13 chapters from being done! And 10 of those are already first drafts, so they just need editing passes to bring them in line with the rest of the book: a continuity pass, a blocking pass (to check that the setting, and the characters’ movements within it, is consistent), and a dialog pass (to make sure each character speaks like themselves).

Let’s say I’m able to finish 3 chapters a week. That might be ambitious given my schedule, but it means I could be basically done by March.

Done. As in, “let’s send this out to beta readers” done. As in, “you can work on something else now,” done.

That would feel…fantastic. I hope I can pull it off.

What about you? How far along are you in your current work? Can you see the light at the end, or are you still in the long dark of the tunnel? And how do you persuade yourself to keep going, when in that dark?

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