Project Diligent December is well on its way, though I must admit it has been diligent in every way except for writing. While the past two days have been extremely productive, as far as home and health are concerned, I’ve been starved for a chance to write, write, write.
Right before I wrote this, I crunched numbers and set some concrete daily goals. I’m aiming for a total of 70,000 words by Christmas Eve. Right now, I’ve got 51,710. That’s a total of 18,290 in the next 22 days: not bad, not bad. This means I’m 73.87% to my goal.
So, in order to meet it, I counted the number of days that are already filled with plans: this weekend (a trip to New Orleans), the next Saturday (I’m the pianist for a wedding), the next weekend (weekend date/trip-to-a-fun-hotel with my sweet husband!), and then, of course, travel to my family’s house on the 23rd. That leaves about fifteen relatively free days to work. After calculating how many words it would take if I only got to write the minimum amount for those fifteen days (1,219), and then calculating how many it would take if I wrote the minimum every single day (831), I’ve settled on an average of those for my daily goal: 1025/day.
Can you tell I love Excel spreadsheets, by the way? Maybe not, because all you see are the numbers. A while back, I created a table that easily calculates all this information for me. That way, I can insert one number (my grand total) and see, at a glance: how much I’ve written that day, how much I need to write to meet my daily goal, a running total of how ahead/behind I am, how many total words are waiting to be written, percentage of completion, and a monthly total of words written. It’s color-coded and pretty, too.
Okay, friends! Thanks for bearing with my inner math-nerd today. It helps just knowing other people are aware of my goals – much harder to make excuses that way.
I’m so ready to write, but alas, I have to take care of two more things before I can work on the novel today. So far, Merrilee Faber and Jennifer Neri have added some writing goals to the Diligent December comment section – anyone else want to join the ranks for some encouragement and accountability with this month’s goals, whatever they may be? If nothing else, feel free to click on over to their blogs, poke around their archives, see who they are and what they’re all about. I’ve learned a lot from these two, and I think you should get to know them, too.
Happy diligence, all, and I’ll be back tomorrow – hopefully with good news of forward progress!