You’ve arrived at the dawn of week three. You may or may not be where you want to be in terms of word count, but at this point you can still make and execute a plan that has you crossing the finish line by sunset on day 30.
Here’s the standard to hit this week:
“…the month’s timetable says you should have about 35,000 words by the end of this week. Ignore this timetable if you’re far behind, focusing instead on hitting 30,000 words by the week’s close. Whatever you do, though, breach the 30s by the dawn of week four.” (pg. 132)
And in case you need it, here’s an awesome strategy for banking enough words to pull you through anything.
“One of the easiest ways to go from out-of-contention to head-of-the-pack is by harnessing the power of 6,000-word days. …
1)Pick a Saturday or a Sunday when you have approximately two-hour pockets of free time spread throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening.
2)Wake up early and have a large, healthy breakfast. Or some coffee and a cigarette, whichever is easiest.
3)Do three 30-minute writing sessions in a row, separated by 10-minute stretching/wrist-shaking/fetal-position-holding and complaining sessions.
4)Go have fun, and come back and repeat the same 3/30/10 schedule feat after lunch.
5)Do something else, and after dinner and some post-meal loafing, head to the computer and do another three 30-minute sessions.
6)At this point, you will have added 6,000 words to your tally, and can go to sleep dreaming of friendly agents bringing oversized advance checks to your door.” (pp. 136-137)
Use this 6,000-word strategy two days in a row and you’re SO back on track – no matter where you were at the outset this week.
Cheers! Gambatte! Go forth and write!
I’m sending out some super-charged good vibes to some special November novelists right now! I know you can do this! ❤
Baty, C. (2004). No Plot? No Problem!. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.