So I will be going to Law School in September. Well, that's what the plan is.
And Law School = no time for writing.
And that is going to suck a lot. So I'm hoping to finish my novel and have it edited by a certain date so I can print it off, put it in a folder, and keep it to remind me that if I can't get an agent and a book contract while in university, I'll need to work hard so I can get a proper job after.
And that is why I'm going to be taking part in something I'm calling the Write-Lympics.
Right now, I'm training which means the following:
- Finish outlining
- Make a list of all characters
- Write at least 100 words a day
And when I finish my exams on 21st June, I'll be moving onto the gruesome challenge:
- Write the first draft
And then I will be fasting during the summer from around 20th July so about 21st August so I'm hoping to have the novel completed just before that so the date I am setting for the completion of the first draft is: 18th July 2012.
I know what you're thinking. I'm crazy.
Because that gives me 27 days to complete a draft which I am expecting to reach about 60,000 words.
That gives me a daily word count of 2222.22... words per day. Keep in mind I will get a few thousand done before this.
So my daily word count will be at least 2200 words per day if I have at least 594 words completed between now and 21st June.
Between 18th July (or before if I finish earlier) and 20th July (a space of two days, I know), I'll take a break. And then I'll edit from 20th July to 25th August which is the date by which I want a completed manuscript.
On the 15th August, I hope to have a completed manuscript. If I don't then I will have to spend three years with no time to write without a full length novel to my name.
Part of me thinks this is completely nuts because that's a lot of words in a very short space of time.
I just have to hope I survive this ordeal. And I might make changes to this challenge between now and the 21st June.
So stay tuned to watch me write my way to a nervous breakdown!
EDIT: check on the page Write-Lympics '12 to see my progress!