Amid all these other projects, one of my goals this year was to finish the dystopian science fiction novel I’ve been working on. My progress has been unsteady, but it is moving forward. I’m roughly 25,000 words into it.
But that’s not far enough. I need to get the first draft finished by the end of this year. That’s my personal goal. So I’m calling myself out.
First draft finished before the end of the year. If I do not do that, I suck. That is my deadline. First draft, end of the year. Deadline. I am committed to doing this. It is my top priority.
It seems like the end of the year is a while away, but it’s actually a pretty tight deadline. There are roughly 75 days left, and I have anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 words left to write.
That means I need to average 675 to 1,050 words a day, every day, between now and the end of the year in order to get it done. I can work at that pace no problem. I’ve done it before … I just need to get back in that groove, because right now, I’m not in it.
But I will get it done.
DEADLINE: December 31, 2009.