5 Days into the Book in a Month Test
This is July 6th of course, but I typed this post up last night so that it would be here on the 6th, and so as of the end of the fifth day into my experiment, my path to a novel typed in one month is actually coming along just fine. I have said this before and I’ll repeat it here again, though, I have the attention span of a dog. I spent most of June playing Tower Defense on my phone, and May playing Edgeworld and Zelda: Skyward Sword.
You don’t get very much typing done when you’re staring at pixels on a screen and mashing buttons hoping that you don’t lose, but it’s fun.
Typing 2,333 words per day, I would currently need 11,665 words in order to reach my goal of at least 70,000 words by the end of July. At present, I have 12,670, and that’s fine by me. This puts me ahead by +1,005 words. The first part of any story is usually my favorite part. I get to come up with an exciting event or series of events that will propel my hero through the rest of the story. It’s the ending, in which all of these elements must come together and make sense, that will be difficult.
By building up my story now, hopefully later, when I am banging my head on the keyboard in a desperate attempt to find a realistic conclusion to this story before I run out of time, this advantage that I have now will pay off. I may only be able to knock out 1,000 words a day towards the end, so I’ll need all the breathing room I can muster.