Not just words, mind you, but a revised and edited novel. Something I can be proud of.
I realized the other day that for the last, oh, 8 or 9 months I've been doing revision. And editing. Two full length novels, very different, but still.
Now these tasks are both challenging and rewarding, but I like to write, too.
I also need a break so I can step back from the story that's been getting my main focus before I attempt yet another full-length edit and then revision.
And I want a feeling that, yes! I've finished something (as much as any writing can ever be said to be finished).
These points combined gave me the idea to write a young adult novel of about 70,000 words, written, edited, revised by the end of August. I will allow more revision and editing in September, but I want it to be as close to ready to go as I possibly can make it by midnight, 31 August.
I hope to have it up as an ebook by mid-September. I have to learn all that stuff anyways, so that adds to my motivation.
I will be posting a daily word count, and occasional bits from the story. I'll add links to articles that give me ideas, or references to topics discussed.
I will also ask questions, seek advice, and maybe even run a contest to name a character or set a scene.
Hmmm - now that would be interesting. Let someone tell me where to set a scene and then have to work it into the story in a credible way. Fascinating....
Without further ado, I announce that as of today, after four days of writing, I have 16,230 words down.
I was feeling confident because I will have a lot of free time in August. But today a one hour errand ended up taking over three hours, and that has shaken my certainty a tad. Well, that just means more time writing tonight, right?