As it currently stands, I am at 18,561 words. Today has been a little bit of a struggle but after having such an easy day yesterday, it was to be expected. Not every chapter can be exhilarating to write. Some days I can whip out 1500 words in an hour and others I struggle for three hours to get one paragraph. It’s all part of the process. Unfortunately, today is one of the more difficult days. I’ve managed about 2300 words so far and hope to get around 1500 more down before bed, bringing my total to 20K. I think I can manage it.
I’m finding it tremendously helpful to end every day with a goal in mind for the next day. It makes me work much harder than I otherwise would if I have the rather nebulous 50K word goal due at some vague point in the future. Last year was my first year and, while I completed the 50K by the 18th, some days were a real problem with low word count because I didn’t go into them with any sort of goal in mind. But I’ve learned from my mistakes and now have a rough map of where I want to be every day. I anticipate hitting the 25K mark by Wednesday with 50K coming by the 14th or 15th.