Down to the Wire

Published Friday, May 14, 2010 1:17 PM
Nothing much insightful to report at the moment other than the fact I am writing like a maniac. I managed to churn out over 10,000 words this week and that was with me not writing much of anything on monday or tuesday because I was busy with stuff for my new, soon-to-start job as a GED, adult-ed instructor. I think it is going to start sometime in June which means my book deadline could not have been set more perfectly (why, yes, I do believe in a higher power). However, that doesn't mean I'm going to get it done on time without really bearing down hard. I finished two chapters and, after penning this blog, will start on the next one.

But with time ticking by, I may need to pick up the pace even more, or at least try to avoid any distractions. Fortunately, some of the last few chapters are already worked out (yes, I skip ahead sometimes, shoot me). Unfortunately, I've only got ten days left if you don't count weekends. I may need to put in some extra hours on saturday and sunday while the wife is busy elsewhere. It'll be a push, but I know I can do it. Even if don't though, on June first I'm not just going to give up, yell "Khan" and go sulk with a book only a few pages from completion. The point of doing all this was to make myself do it and not just saying I'll finish the project in some nebulous future. Close, on-time, whatever. It doesn't matter. What matters is, I'll have written an entire novel!

The only really writer insight I have to offer is that, as a catapult into the exciting, action-packed, revelatory conclusion to my novel, I am writing a hell of a lot faster. Partly because of the impending deadline, yes. Partly because of that last burst of speed you get when the end is in sight, no doubt. But mostly I think, because what I'm writing is just plain fun and interesting. This is of course, a glass half empty, glass half full situation. Positively speaking, this means the end of the book will definitely be a page turner. Negatively, I may need to focus extra hard on making the beginning and middle better so my readers get to the end.

Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm an unpublished author.

17 days to deadline, 24 chapters complete.
by DMI
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