Well, not actually. But he did post this, and I figured, since I drafted and then scrapped a long Thread about where I ended December with regards to the novel I am writing, I figured this would be a good excuse to write a blog about it instead.
So, where am I?
I didn’t hit the goal I had sort of set for myself to get the draft to 50k words for December. However, for the December Drafting challenge, the goal was just to write ~150 words/day (which I did; even if we account for the one or two days where I didn’t write anything at all, I more than made up for the difference on other days). I left the month at 46k words, which isn’t far off from my goal.
What’s more, I feel like the story has turned the corner and is in the escalation phase, where all the shit starts going down. I think this next section will be easier to write and require less exposition. I’m pretty happy about that.
Where am I going?
I don’t think it’s overly ambitious at this point to have a goal for 2024 to finish the draft and start the revision/rewrite process. And I don’t think it’s overly ambitious to think that I should be able to do that within 12 months. And since I already did some early research, I don’t even think it’s particularly overly ambitious to suggest that by the end of the year, I might have a finished product, in a form that people can consume and perhaps purchase. I’m going to lower my expectations a bit and just say that I want a relatively clean copy that can be shared by the end of the year, with a stretch goal of self-publishing the final product.