Writers live on word counts. Ok, I do. The first draft I wrote for Broken Crown was right around 30,000 words. I knew that wasn’t good enough for a book. It had to be longer. Meatier. It needed more. A lot more.
It took a lot of time to write that book, and I was constantly worried about my word count. So now, I’ve decided to have a word goal everyday. I strive to write 1000 words everyday. On one of my two stories. Some days, I don’t make it. Life gets in the way. Like dinner. And laundry. Apparently my husband wants to eat food and thinks I should have clean socks. (To be fair, my husband works a 40 hour job and runs his own business as well. And still helps around the house. He isn’t a slacker, so don’t get your pitchforks!)
But, everyday I try. I figure if I can stick to my 1,000 word goal everyday, I’ll be done with a first draft after 2 months. 2 months! That seems totally doable. And way less time than my first one. That one took 18 months. Mainly because I kept stopping and thinking I was crazy for thinking I could be a writer.
So, if you get overwhelmed about the thought of having to write an entire book, or rewrite an entire book, break it down. 1,000 words. Or 500 words. Take it a day at a time. Take a deep breath. And remember, you and your family still need to eat. And have clean socks. The world won’t end because you didn’t get to your laptop. Until next time!