After this whole thing with An Inconvenient Wife happened, I was thinking that I might do well to modify my writing method. Up to this point, I’d been trying to meet daily word counts for a specific book. For example, An Inconvenient Wife had been 1000 words a day, Her Heart’s Desire had been 500 words a day and Bound by Honor, Bound by Love had been 500 words a day. I seem to do well at writing 2000 words a day. What I do is set aside a half hour to write 500 words, and as long as I stay off the internet and avoid the TV, I’m able to do this. So really, this is two hours out of my day, which isn’t much. If I’m having a busy day (aka real life interferes) or have to do something else writing related (like attend a writing conference or work on edits), then I might not make my daily word count.
So I was thinking that if I can average 2000 words a day, then in a given month, then I can still make progress. The key is that I won’t be forcing myself to meet a word count on one particular book, like I have been doing. Had I put An Inconvenient Wife on hold instead of trying to work through it so I could meet my word count goal for that book, I would have avoided the mess I just got in.
So this means I can’t have estimated publishing months anymore because I honestly don’t know when the books will be ready. I’m putting all of my books except for Her Heart’s Desire into “first draft” mode and will keep updating the word counts for each book. This way, you can see my progress as I work on each book. Once I finish a first draft, I can then estimate when the book will be available since at that point, it’s editing and proofing.
I have also added a word counter for the month of April to track my daily word count progress. Since today is April 11, I’m starting it today, and if I manage to write 2000 words (on average) a day, then I’ll write 40,000 words this month. When May comes, I’ll have a goal of 62,000 words. I might not make the full word count, but I like seeing progress as I go along, so it’s there to keep me motivated and it helps to have this in front of everyone so I stay focused. 😀
Below is a list of books I have on “first draft” status right now. I’ll probably add more books as I finish others.
1. Her Heart’s Desire
I’m just under two weeks away from being done with this one and I know where I’m going, so it’s safe to say 1000 words a day can be done for this one. I’ll reserve 1000 words a day for it. And I can safely say that the end of May to early June is when it’ll be published.
2. An Inconvenient Wife
I haven’t given up on this one. I saved chapters 1-7 and tossed everything else out because I love chapters 1-7. I’m going to rewrite the rest of it.
3. Bound by Honor, Bound by Love
Still working on it, but I admit this one is slow going. I’m trying to make sure I get all the loose ends tied up since it’s connected with three other books (Restoring Hope, Brave Beginnings, and A Chance in Time).
4. Mitch’s Win
This is one I had to put on hold because I didn’t know where to go with it. I think something is starting to come to me on where to proceed with the plot. This book also has a great start, and I don’t want to ruin it by forcing the middle and ending.
5. Her Counterfeit Husband
I started this one yesterday after I got depressed about An Inconvenient Wife. I didn’t write much in it, but I felt a lot better and was able to go on to write 1000 words in Her Heart’s Desire.
6. Forever Yours
I have it there if I want to write in it.
7. Just Good Friends
From time to time, something comes to me on this one. I’m not going to worry about getting it out for October. When this book is ready, I’m going to publish it. And if that’s in the middle of the year instead of around the holiday season, then so be it.
8. Runaway Bride
I haven’t started it yet, but I have it up to work on any time the urge strikes.
So those are my list of books that I have up to write, and whether I write 100 words or all 2000 in one, I’m hoping to average 2000 words a day. If I end up averaging less, I’ll modify my daily word count goal in the future. 😀