I can feel the wheels in the part of my brain that writes first drafts beginning to spin.
It’s been a tough start getting back into the new WIP. Last week didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. So let’s just say that this week needs to go a whole lot fucking better.
The irony is that I was so totally inspired to write this novel two months ago. I had an entire vision for the book (which of course I didn’t jot down), and now that I’ve got nothing but time on my hands to get back into it, I can’t remember what the story was that I was originally so inspired to tell.
This is why I HATE taking breaks during a draft. Some writers, I’m sure, can handle it. Can find their rhythm again easily. Can stop and start as many times as they need to. I, unfortunately, cannot. I only feel comfortable taking a break between drafts, but I made an exception this time because… well… I got an agent. And my agent wanted revisions on the book she represents, which is Creep. And nothing was more important than that.
Anyway, I feel really good about today’s session. I normally don’t write on weekends, but I since I blew off Friday to go to the Tulip Festival, today was penciled in as a working day. And finally, finally, finally, I can feel the juice coming back.
The tulips were worth it, though.
As part of my commitment to finishing this new novel, I spent a few minutes today figuring out my deadlines and quotas for this book (subject to change should an emergency arise):
First draft completion: July 30, 2010
Writing sessions between now and then*: 75
Final word count goal: 90,000
Word count quota per writing session to make my goal: 1,022
(*Writing sessions don’t include Saturdays or Sundays, long weekends, or trips I’ve planned. Taking all that into consideration, there are 75 working days between now and my deadline.)
Do me a favor and keep an eye on my word count to the right of these posts. If you don’t see that number crawling up, NAG THE SHIT OUTTA ME.