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Do you have a daily word quota?

I’m nearing the end of the outlining process for the sequel to my first novel.

Actually, I’m not.

Truth is, I could outline and plan and dream forever…but the calendar is speaking to me. And what is it saying? You’d better start hustling and get that first draft done, sweetheart, or you’re going to be a hot mess in a few months’ time.

So there it is. Outlining has to end, the down-in-the-dirt work of writing the first draft has to start. And oh, how I dread writing that first draft.

I LOVE editing and rewriting, and I love the planning stage (see above). But the first draft is a dogfight.

But, for the first time, I have a Real Live Deadline. So I’ve decided to try something new. It’s not a new concept for writers, to be sure, but it will be new for me: a word quota.

In fact, I created a spreadsheet. Yep, how organized is that? It has columns for my daily quota, and more importantly, a weekly quota. Because, let’s face it, on any given day, shit is going to come up and that precious writing time is going to get pushed to the bottom of the pile. But, I figure (and, as advised by James Scott Bell) as long as I meet the quota over the course of the week, it’s all good.

Tell me, writerly friends…do you work to a word quota? Or, do you have a minimum amount of writing time (hours, or minutes) that you aim for each day?

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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