Although I’ve got quite a few other complete stories on my hard drive that need self editing, beta reading, deleting, whatever, I have really missed doing first drafts during the time I’ve been studying. For me, writing is a sort of therapy and escape for myself during periods of stress and mild depression.
For that reason I am aiming to draft three stories between now and the end of 2016. They are: a m/f romance of 50000 words, a m/m Christmas romance of 60000 words and a mm romance set in Ibiza of up to 50000 words. That’s a total of 160000 words.
Given there are 15 weeks between now and the end of the year, that’s just short of 11000 words per week. If I round this up to 12000 words, to be on the safe side, in theory, using my usual rate of writing and once I’ve planned, that’s about 6-10 hours of writing per week to write the first draft.
Is this realistic?
Is this achievable?
Am I going to drive myself into a meltdown with this self-imposed deadline?
Who knows, but I’m going to give it a damned good try anyway.
Also, the Ibiza story has to be self-edited, beta read and self-edited again in time for submission. The Christmas story has to go through the same process so I can try to self-publish it before I miss the Christmas boat. The m/f story doesn’t have a specific deadline, it’s just something I want to write, having been mulling it over and researching it for a while.
So, I'm fastening my seat belt and getting ready for writing a lot of words between now and the end of 2016. Wish me luck!
Liam Livings xx