Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sweater-novel, boot camp, trip to Europe

So, I have been back from my week-long vacation on the island of Saint Martin for five days now. And I'm glad to be back. Yes, I don't have the Caribbean sea outside of my bedroom deck anymore but it was time to come back to my book. (For all of you who don't know this, I'm obsessed with my book.)
I managed to write on the plane there and back, for an hour or so, between soda and juices being distributed. But now I'm on a schedule.
I have to finish this novel by September 7th, since on September 8th I'm going to Europe for over a month, again (Yay!).
So, I have a little less than two months. And I officially renamed the month of July as the boot camp month.

Boot camp July rules:

1)I have to write every day. Even on weekends.
2)I should try to get two shifts in.
3)I have to have 80,000 polished words, comfortable words, by August 7, so I still have a month to line edit the whole book.

By now, I have 74,407 words and it's July 11. So I have to write, not any, but words that make sense and fit in, polished words: 80,000-74,407=about 5,600. Now, sometimes I have to delete something, so it's really about 6000.
I know it doesn't sound like a lot. It's basically two short stories. But I need to expand some chapters/stories as well as maybe include one new one.
And new stories don't come to me so easily. I'm a very stingy writer. Unfortunately.

I know what's you're thinking (maybe.) I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days, and now I can't write 6000 in 26?
It's not the same thing. Not at all.

Think of a novel (good novel, not that crap people write in two-weeks, or two-years for that matter), as a sweater. You pull a string and it falls apart.
There you go.
So, I'm on my way.
If I can do this in two months, I will travel to my very, very exciting trip to Europe with a finished novel.
Wouldn't that be just amazing???!!!


  1. I know it will be tough putting the finishing touches on your book, but I'm sure you will do it!

    I look forward to reading the book when it's done/released.


  2. Thanks so much Michael! That's very sweet of you!