….but we are all fabulous.
Last week I managed to write 4,354 words. I also managed to get some exercise most days and to lose a pound in weight.
This week my main goal was to have a draft chapter that was good enough to submit by today. The total word count I was aiming for was 18,000 words. In the end I realised this was not going to happen without more serious delay (after a few days away, it’s back to teaching and the marking bombardment that lasts from April until exam boards in late May). So, I decided to send whatever I had written by today.
I’m relieved to say that I have managed a ~13,000 word first draft! I have just pressed send and after I have posted this, I am looking forward to a few days away from my computer.
Here’s how I did it:
|13’0”, 37.2% fat (before week started)||8,031 (already written)|
|Sunday||Yes||13’0” (37.0%)||90 mins walk||Goal: 9,600
Decided to take day off – sat at computer in AM and couldn’t write
|Monday||No||13’1”||Ran out of time||Revised goal: 10,000
New total: 9,477
|Tuesday||No||13’1”||75 min walk||Revised goal: 11,000
New total: 10,931
|Wednesday||Yes||13’1”||No time||Goal: 13,000
+ 400 discarded words L
New total: 12,031
|Thursday||No||13’1”||No time||Goal: 13,000
680 words + references
New total: 12,711
|TOTALS FOR THIS WEEK||2 sessions||13’1”||165 mins walk
0 mins run
To add to last week’s lessons, I now know that more than 1500 words on new material a day is completely unrealistic. A better aim might be 800-1000 words. My brain can’t keep going day after day – it needs down time in the form of decent evenings off, breaks with fresh air and ideally no more than 3 days consecutive writing. I need chocolate and wine (although not an excess of either) to be able to write day after day – chocolate as a mid-afternoon pick me up (I don’t drink caffeine) and a glass of wine as a quick wind down treat to look forward to. This is not especially conducive to weight loss, but that was not the main aim of the week so that’s fine – at least I haven’t gained weight over the last two weeks!
My next 18,000 word chapter is due in a few months and to write it, I am planning the following:
18,000/1000 (words per day) = 18 days, with no more than 3 consecutive writing days = 24 days = 3.5 weeks blocked out.