I just passed day 23 of the National Novel Writing Month challenge. So far I’ve written 30,034 words of my sci-fi thriller The Crossover Gene. That works out to an average of around 1,300 words per day. Unfortunately that average won’t get me to 50,000 words by the end of November, but the upside is that it’s 300 words per day more than my normal quota of 1,000 words per day. Considering my work, home and family obligations, I’m pretty damn happy to hit 30,000 so quickly. At this rate, although I won’t make November 30th, I will finish my 50,000 words around December 8th (unless I can break out some marathon sessions over the following week).
When completed, The Crossover Gene is going to weigh in around 100,000 words. So already, in only 23 days, I’m nearly 1/3 of the way finished with the first draft. Of course there’s a long way to go still, but that’s pretty good progress.
What I’m most happy about is that I’ve pushed myself to produce consistently. I’ve exceeded the limit I thought I was capable of and I’ve made significant progress as a result. The secret is that I’m not typing faster, I’m typing more consistently. And that’s how books get written.