I’m currently contemplating entering the as-yet-untitled zombie book for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award despite the fact that it’s less than halfway done and the deadline for entry is January 27th. This would require me to write roughly 2,500 words per day for the next ten days AND have all of my required editing and formatting complete.
I’m going to try my hardest. Even if I don’t finish it in time, it’ll certainly move things along for this book rather quickly. The real question is, do I have the perseverance to work that much on something that may ultimately (and in all likelihood WILL) fail?
I suppose we’ll find out together.
In other news, my other short is still available for free for another 26 hours. Grab your copy here:
Currently I find myself at a standstill. I’m 34,000 words into this thing, this monster of a tale, and I know where I want to go but I can’t find a way to get there. This happens far too often; I need to write more detailed outlines instead of choosing a destination and working my way toward it aimlessly.
Doesn’t matter. I’ll figure it out one way or another. Tonight’s goal is to hit 36,000 words. I intend to reach that milestone within the next few hours. Wish me luck.
I have always been a bit of a night owl, for as long as I can remember. Nowadays I spend my nights and early mornings writing and researching what I’ll need for the future. Last night was no different as I was up writing my book until about 3am, then continued browsing various blogs and articles related to agents and book launches.
Sometimes I wonder why I do it, only able to focus on the negatives, asking why I bother when I will ultimately fail. Writing is indeed a labor of love, and it has become nearly the only thing I enjoy doing. For me, it is less about the money and more about spreading my work, hoping for constructive criticism from every possible source available.
Last night I reached 33,000 words. That is roughly 35%-40% complete, going by industry standards. It still requires weeks of attention, editing, proofreading, and rewriting, but that’s to be expected. At the moment I am just proud to be making progress each and every day.