Now I KNOW I Can Do It

Not long ago I figured out my average monthly word count is 15K words. At that rate, a rough draft would take five to six months to write, which isn’t good when you think of the months of revision to follow. I lamented on an earlier blog I would have to pick up the pace if I intended to make a go of this writing thing, though at the time had no idea if I could do it.

With the Golden Heart entry date looming, the word count on my Work In Progress (WIP) on September 1 was not looking good. I could see the precipice, but the hill was steep, covered by a Slip-n-Slide and littered with thorny cacti. What was a writer to do?

Step it up, of course.

In September I wrote twenty-seven thousand words. Now, that is no NaNo number (that being 50K in a month) but for me, a number to celebrate. I will make the Golden Heart deadline, provided writing the synopsis and re-writing the first 50 pages doesn’t kill me.

But more importantly, I now KNOW I can do this. I can hit a deadline. I can turn out words. I can build a story and trust the characters (and myself) to get it on the page. Revising it is another story. Or rather, another blog.

Have you stepped up to a challenge (like NaNo?) Surprised yourself? Got any tricks for synopsis writing? Participating in NaNoWriMo again this year?

12 thoughts on “Now I KNOW I Can Do It”

  1. Hellion says:

    Woohoooo on the word count! You doubled it!!!! Good for you!
    I’m already behind for Nano–funeral all day, but I should be able to crank out about 4 pages, perhaps. Best get on it, I suppose. Thanks for the kick in the butt.

  2. Terri Osburn says:

    I’m writing the final scene. The love scene. GOOD LORD is it getting hot in here. I forgot what it was like to write one of these.

  3. Hellion says:

    YES!!!
    You’re writing the best part. *LOL* For me anyway. I know you prefer the crying and wailing. *LOL*

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    Whew! Holy Toledo, that was fun. I may need a cigarette. I sure hope the reader doesn’t give up before page 241. The pay off is worth sticking around for. LOL!

  5. Terri Osburn says:

    I just wrote 3K words in 3 hours. WTH??

  6. Stephanie J says:

    27K! Amazing! I’m so excited for your GH entry. 🙂 I don’t KNOW I can do it – at least not yet. This is my 6th year doing NaNo and I will finish. Then I will KNOW. My goal is completion and polish by March! Feel free to send me tweets or emails checking status. I need people checking in on me and holding me to it.
    H – I’m already behind as well but tonight I’ll be back on track.

  7. You’re always saying you fear making deadlines… Honey, when you want it you make it happen. I have total faith in you!
    I’m setting a goal of revision for ACS by January… We do need a supportive twitter feed… Not Nanoing, but writing anyway!

  8. Terri Osburn says:

    Sorry! Day from hell followed by a long evening nap. *sigh*
    STEPH! Do not judge whether you can do it based on finishing NaNo. That is not a fair measuring stick. You CAN do it. When it’s time, you’ll make it happen. I’ll certainly cheer you on. This MS has a full request from an agent (who knew it wasn’t done when she requested) so I have to dig in and get it done. By March sounds like the perfect goal.
    We can do weekly updates, either here or in email or Facebook or whereever. (That probably shouldn’t have 2 e’s should it?)

  9. Terri Osburn says:

    I really do fear the deadlines, Maureen, but this has given me much more confidence in that area. Grant it, this is a self-imposed deadline and goodness knows I’ve ignored plenty of those in the past. But this times fees….different. Guess I’ve found the right motivation, which is confidence that I am good enough to be published. If I’d just get this stuff done and out there.

  10. “Guess I’ve found the right motivation, which is confidence that I am good enough to be published.”
    YES!

  11. Irisheyes says:

    Way to go, Ter!
    I just watched an Oprah Lifeclass on what we truly believe about ourselves. It was enlightening. She believes that our belief system is very powerful. I’ve always thought that old saying If you can believe it you can achieve it is pretty accurate. It always nice to have a little proof to go along with that, though 🙂

  12. Terri Osburn says:

    I recorded a bunch of those life classes while I was knocking out this writing and I still need to catch up. I completely believe that’s true. Mostly because my family doesn’t believe in much and so they don’t have much. The belief coupled with the willingness to work is the key, I think.
    I need to watch those shows. Thanks, Irish!

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