I told a good friend of mine today that I have 47 days to finish the first manuscript of my book.
I’ve been trying to write a book my entire life, and have made significant progress. However, I have never finished anything, and I thought it was about time I did. So, I made my New Year’s resolution that I would finish the first draft of my manuscript this year. Not perfect it. Not be ready to send it off to a publisher. Just finish it. Just get the ideas and words on paper. 2014 can be all about editing; 2013 is simply about finishing.
Considering that I’ve been writing this book (off and on) for at least two years now, and I’m only about halfway through, 47 days sounds absolutely ludicrous.
However, when I consult my Word Count spreadsheet (yes, I need a spreadsheet to write a book) I discover that it’s really only 1,375 words per day. That number may sound daunting to those unfamiliar with word counts, but it’s less than what those of you who are doing NaNoWriMo have to accomplish. (For those of you unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, has a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days, averaging out to 1,667 words per day.)
So, it’s doable. The question is: will I do it?
I’ve decided to try. Call it stubbornness, but even if it is the middle of November, I don’t want to give up on the goal I set for myself on January 1st. The one I told myself I had no excuse for not accomplishing.
The end of 2013, for me, is going to be all about no excuses.
And because I’m a writer, and I like to speak to other writers, or even those that just have a dream they’re trying to chase, I want to bring you along on this journey.
So here goes. Day 1, Goal: 1,375 words.
Today, if you have a goal or a dream that seems too big to handle, I encourage you to break it down into all the little parts. What would you have to do each day to reach it? Does it seem doable at that point?