My “normal writing days for this month are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
I’ll talk about Mondays and Thursdays some other time. Today is about what I do on what I call a normal day.
In general I have the ability to write from 8:30a- noon and then again from 2-4pm. So that’s five and a half hours of available writing time give or take depending on the day and other minor factors.
For June, my normal days consist of two goals: #1 Finish the current draft of Ray (Flynn book 3) and #2, Edit a completely separate novel.
For the first goal, I’ve got a quantifiable stopping point. When dividing the words I have remaining, by the ‘normal writing days’ in July, I know that I only need to get 1200-words in each day to get it all done in a decent amount of time. So I give myself an hour and a half each day to complete that task. Somedays, that’s no problem at all. Other days… it can be trying.
Once I’ve completed my word count – or my time is up – I move on to the second goal. Goal #2’s progress is measured in chapters. For the remaining four hours of my writing day, I focus on my editing. I only need to get through three chapters a day to stay on target…. but if you saw the sheer amount of changes I’m making to this manuscript, you would understand why it is taking so very long.