For those who haven’t noticed, I just finished chapter 40 of 60 on this draft of Curse of a Dark God. My original target was September 5th to finish the draft. I’m closer in my projections than I have been in the past, but I’m clearly not going to make that date. However, I’m going to see what I can do these next three weeks and hopefully pull it off by the end of September.
This is possible. Author James Maxey just finished a novel of almost 60,000 words in one week. Yes, you heard that right. ONE WEEK! Here are his tips for doing this and here was his master plan when he started. I got to read his updates a few times each day. It was simply amazing.
Of course, there’s no way I can write 60,000 words in one week. Not because I think it’s impossible. But because it takes time. James had a week off and spent like 10 hours a day at it. I can’t take a week off. But even if I could, I don’t write as fast as James. But hopefully I can structure things to get more time and finish it in three weeks. We’ll see. I’ve been working on this draft for the last four months and have put in about 240 hours on it, roughly 12.5 per week. My slow 500 words per hour that I can’t seem to budge (yes, some is writing and some is revising as I go along). I wanted to get a solid 20 hours in each week–that’s really the key–and am disappointed I haven’t managed to do this. Of course, it’s hard with a full-time job and family and a daughter going off to college and life. Waa, waa, waa. But I’m going to see what I can do to boost that to 25 hours per week for the next few weeks. The good thing is that I’m really enjoying the story on the page.
As for manuscript size, the issue with the last draft, right now the manuscript is 123,000 words. The target is around 170,000. I’m roughly on track to hit that. I’m trying to keep my chapters around 2,500 words. We’ll see how close I get.