Well, it’s been three months exactly since I decided to write a book. Originally, I told myself to finish it within a month. I thought since I knew where I wanted the story to go, it should be really easy to get it all out on the page within that amount of time. That was obviously unrealistic, and it didn’t happen. So when I crossed over that deadline, with a decidedly unfinished book, I scrapped the deadlines and opted to just use months as a sort of check in point. No pressure for certain word counts. Just see how it goes.
I was however, very lucky this month, as my progress seems to line up with the timing pretty well. I have just finished chapter 3, in the 3rd month of this journey. It’s been a very long chapter compared to the other two, and I have no real knowledge of how long they are generally supposed to be. I tried to just stick to my instincts and end the chapters when it felt right, when it felt like a natural conclusion to a section of the story.
The word count is up to 14922 now, which is surreal to me. It might not seem like much, but it’s the most I’ve ever written in my life. I was very happy to reach 10,000, so to almost get to 15000 so soon after is very exciting.
Before starting chapter 4, the next step for me will be to closely reread chapter 3 over and over again, and do some editing and tidying up. That’s by far one of the best parts of writing. You’ve done the hard part, laying the foundations and building the house. Then you get to do the fun bit, the painting and decorating.
I have no idea if another whole chapter will be finished, or how many words I’ll manage to get to by the next monthly check in, but no matter what, I’ve really enjoyed the process so far, and I intend to keep on going.