I’ve noted previously that my writing project, a novel, first came to being back in the summer of 2004. Early progress in those first couple of months was quick, and exciting. That changed. Fully a year after starting the project, I only had a few thousand words committed to print: two chapters and a few fragments of others.
Then life really got in the way. Another four years passed before I was serious about writing again. It was last summer, early August, when I picked up my original drafts and started again.
I put an outline on paper, and started writing. And this time around, I set an achievable goal (500 words per day, every day), and recorded my daily progress, using a spreadsheet chart, like the one shown below. How gratifying it was to watch that line climb steadily upward. Though I didn’t write every single day, I kept up a daily average of over 600 words per day. By Thanksgiving (2009, five years behind my original schedule), I had a first draft that I considered complete.
(Why yes, I am, in fact, a geek. Why do you ask?)
By January, I had completed a cursory revision, correcting some gross errors and omissions.
Since that time, I’ve been carefully editing and rewriting, line by line. And it’s taken me much longer than I anticipated; editing and rewriting is, for me, much harder work. I am currently about 70% complete with the edit and rewrite. I reasonably expect to have a complete, polished draft ready for submittal, by summer’s end.