I’m kind of there. At least, I’m desperately trying to convince myself I’m there.
I use Scrivener to write, and it rocks. One of its awesome features is the ability to set a word count or—even better—a word count with a target date, and it will automatically calculate how many words you need to write each day to hit your deadline. And then! When you hit your daily word count like a boss, a notification will pop up and pat you on the back and cheer and hand you a beer and declare you the man, basically.
Of course, there is a downside. Obviously, if you don’t meet your word count one day and you’re on a deadline, the next day your word count will increase. And the next. And the next. And… the next. Until you’re terrified to even check because you know you’re going to be buried under a mountain of WORDS, SO MANY WORDS, MY GOD.
That’s where I am now. I want to finish my first draft by the end of this month. 17 days. You know what happens when you have to write several ten thousands of words and you have only 17 days to do so? Math, man. Sometimes, it really sucks.
I have to write at least 3,000 words per day to hit my deadline. And I really want to hit it, just for the action! Editing (I love editing—in fact, I love it so much I’m thinking of dedicating a post to how much I love it; I know, there are wild things coming up on the horizon for this blog), professional editing (terrifying and exciting; I’m clutching my pearls just thinking about it!), ramped up marketing, beta readers, launch dates, ebook formatting! SO MANY FUN THINGS. I want to do them.
Seventeen days. Can I do it? I want to say “please don’t judge me if I don’t,” but I think that might be admitting defeat before I’ve even begun, and that seems kind of lame. So instead I’ll stick with two of my mom’s favorite cheers from my childhood (I say childhood but it’s entirely possibly I’ve heard one or both of these phrases sometime in the last month): go get them, tiger! And: go ninja, go ninja, go!