Everybody in my family is a reader, but my cousin Jens is a writer, too.
Yesterday, I was overjoyed to participate in a wonderful family ritual: I went to Half-Price Books in Arlington with said cousin . Walking among those beloved bookshelves, we chatted about books and writing. Having finished his first novel in July, Jens told me how to finish mine. It seemed fitting that he gave me the secret to life in the comic section of my hometown bookstore:
Write 1,500 words a day. You will be done in three months.
This morning I got out the trusty calculator, and with math advice from both my mom and my cousin Jill, I made this writing calendar:
- Today: 9,315 words written (nearly 10%)
- January 16: 30,000 words (1/4 finished)
- February 9: 60,000 words (Halfway!)
- March 5: 90,000 words (3/4 finished)
- March 30: 120,000 words (big party)
Using the wisdom I gained from my master’s thesis horror, I added one day off a week into this schedule. Now comes the easy part…