Tuesday evening writing

By now I’m fairly certain that I won’t hit the 50,000 word mark by midnight on Friday. However, I have a plan to continue the novel regardless. My new goal is to be at around 30,000 words by the end of this month, 60,000 words by the end of December, and 90,000 words by the end of January. Since I’m estimating that this novel will be 90,000 words when it is complete, that gets me a finished first draft on January 31, 2008.

My new goal is to submit the novel to a publisher on my birthday, March 27, 2008. That gives me two months to work on a second draft, once the first draft is completed. So even though I won’t “win” NaNoWriMo this year, the experience will have been well worthwhile. Never before in my life have I written 30,000 words in 30 days. Not even close.

This evening, I did a hair over 2,400 words, bringing my 27 day total to 21,276 words. If I can do 2,400 words tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, I’ll hit 30,000 words before the month is out.

Incidentally, as of tonight, this is officially the longest story I have ever written.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.