I’ve never been one who leaves things to the last minute. Whenever I had a paper or an assignment due for a class, I did it right away. I would do it in advance, check over it and have it printed and ready to go in my bag the night before. I wouldn’t stay up until 2 or 3am hammering out a paper checking the clock too see how many hours left there were until class. No. I didn’t think that this would happen to me with ROW80 either. The goals I set out at the beginning were 5,000 words per week and 50,000 words total over the 80 days.
Current word count: 45,525
Words written this week: 3, 500
To meet my 50,000 goal: 6, 475
Days to meet goal: 4.33 (because today’s only 66% over)
Can I write 6, 475 words in 4 days? Only time will tell. I think the answer is already no. Firstly, there is still half a day left to Sunday and if I finish 1, 500 words today then I will meet my weekly 5,000 word goal. The only problem is, this is what is happening on my street today:
Is it an excuse? No, of course not. I could seclude myself in the dark corner of the tiny office in the apartment. Or I could write out in the open on the balcony as I am in this moment. I can tune out distractions, but happy African music and seeing everyone eating corn on the cob and drinking mojitos and other cocktails out of plastic cups is a little distracting.
So I have a few choices:
- write like the wind and make my goal
- include my plotting in my word count because I’m sure that it would put me over the 50,000 word mark
- include my blogging in the word count, which would put me waaaay over the 50,000 word mark
- change my goal. But it seems silly at this point to change my goal from 50,000 to say 47,000.
So either I give myself a break knowing that over the last 80 days I have: produced well over 50,000 words, made new friends, have a long to-read list, I learned so much about the craft of writing and about what works for me, and like the Writer’s Clock shows there is no time for (unpublished) writers only the process ORRRR I push it for the next 4 days…
How’s everyone else doing? Did you meet your goals already? Are you almost there? Are you way behind?