“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain
My Gumbyness - An Update (or would that be Gumbiness?)
18441 / 35000 words. 53% done!
In this post, I laid out my plan and goals, which included writing 1,250 words a day (on average) and breaking out of my comfort zone - stretching like Gumby to reach the top of this mountain of words.
Well, this month has but seven days left in it, and I believe it is safe to say that I am NOT going to meet my original goal. If you look at my ticker above, you will see that I am barely past the halfway point.
Of course, that does not mean this time has been (and will continue to be) a waste. For every day this month so far, I have worked on my WIP. And,God willing, this will continue through the rest of February, and on into March, April, and beyond.
I've gotten to know my characters much better.
I've learned that it is okay not to write a story from start to finish (yeah - I didn't know this. REALLY).
I've allowed myself to write "through" points that needed to be researched, figuring I can always go back and fill in the blanks later.
I've learned that a rough draft is JUST THAT - rough. There is NO way I will be ready to enter the first chapter of this thing in the ACFW Genesis this year (next year, however, is another issue!).
And perhaps most importantly, I have learned that I LOVE this story, and that I WANT to work on it daily. And I THINK I have learned what a reasonable-yet-challenging writing/words per day/week/month goal is for me.
Watch for my "final" thoughts on this challenge in a week or so. But, for now, I can say that I've made some serious progress on Handmaiden To A Princess, and that I may have even developed a "habit" of making progress on my word count. And THAT is a habit I'd like to keep.
(Keyboard Photo by Kriss Szkurlatowski. Pen and Paper Photo by Stig Andersen: courtesy of stock/xchng)
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