50k is the new 80k

Well November isn’t even over yet and I’ve got 50,000 words written in my current manuscript. Unfortunately, only 13,000 of those words were written after November 1. But I’ve always been a manuscript half full kind of guy so that is just fine for me. I’m on track to finish the first draft by the end of the year and that will give me plenty of time to let it sit over the first of the year and come back at it with a fresh eye a while later. I guess that’s about all I can ask at this point, right?

6 thoughts on “50k is the new 80k

  1. Sounds good to me. My problem is that I toss all the stuff that I have written that is more than a year old.

  2. I still have more to write. Most of my first drafts come in around 72-76k and this feels like it will be about the same.

  3. I think there’s a lot of good that can come out of paying attention to how many words you write. I’ve found that it does keep me focused on writing, so I don’t instead waste time on reading what I’ve already written. As long as you still feel good about what you are writing, and where you’re taking the story, the word-count focus seems to be a way to help get that first draft done. …

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