The summer is racing toward August when I'm due back to the college for what promises to be my most hectic semester of teaching. Not that I don't love my students and my job, but my writing experience here in North Carolina this summer hasn't exactly materialized the way I envisioned.
First, I've been too wrapped up in the edits of EYES RIGHT, and a number of other serious writing projects, not to mention the grading of papers from students doing independent summer courses with me, and the editing work for Prime Number Magazine.
So earlier this week, I had to make a decision, and quick. I had to determine a plan for reaching the end of this new novel manuscript. As a result, I've chosen an old goal that worked for me several summers ago when I was working on my first novel:
Write 1,000 words a day.
And it's worked. So far this week, I've advanced the book about 15 pages. At this rate, I'll have this first draft down by the time I return to Florida.
1,000 words a day...1,000 words a day