It’s been a busy few weeks, but I like it that way. I’ve learned that I have to plan ahead. At the end of the day, I plan the following day, in order of priority, and this means I can sleep well with a clear head.
It’s also immensely satisfying to cross big black lines through the tasks in my diary, and finish the day with a sea of scores and ticks. (I will confess to sometimes breaking down the tasks into unnecessarily small stages, just to be able to say “look at ALL those things I’ve done!”)
This month, out of interest, I’m also going to track my word counts.
So: the first week of March is over. I’m not counting this blog post, nor my blog posts for Top Hat Books (which you can find here).
Journalism: 2000 words article, written and submitted. 1000 word article, drafted, to be edited.
Erotica: 7000 word ebook written and uploaded. 5000 word ebook for loveyoudivine written and submitted for editing.
A Romance novel I’m working on: 2100 words.
7 days, 17,100 words. That’s not bad going!
I think it helps that I’m doing different things, not just writing. In this week I’ve also copy-edited a manuscript, done a readers’ report, and drunk a quantity of spiced rum. I don’t think I could sit and write the same thing, day after day. I have just read this short book (2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love) – free on Kindle at the moment, I’m not sure how long for, but it’s worth the regular price – and it does say some obvious yet useful things about word count. 10,000 words a day? I’ll let you know…