Writing Plan for April 2017

Can you believe it’s nearly April? As a child I’d always heard adults say that time gets faster the older you get. Seriously, it gets so fast it’s ridiculous. I can’t imagine the warp-speed it must pass at when you’re into your 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Talk about time travel!

Back in February I made a slap-dash writing plan with the structural rigor of a house of cards. Realizing my mistake, I quickly retracted it. Just to be clear: a writing plan is excellent, as long as it’s well thought out. If it’s not well thought out then chances are you won’t succeed, and it will be just another reason for self-flagellation. (Of the non-erotic kind, and hopefully only metaphorically. What’s wrong with this world that I need to make those two caveats?)

So let’s look at April with some thinking behind it.

April2017EstimatedUsing my Excel basic writing calendar (which you can download here) I estimate that I’ll have 47.5 hours of writing time in April. Note that I’ve factored in my known other commitments. I’ve also been a bit pessimistic with this – only times where I have a >= 50% chance of writing get put down. So in reality I’m hoping to exceed 47.5 hours… anything more than that is a bonus. (And I will be releasing a cooler version of the writing calendar when I get around to making it. Knowing me, probably soon).

Now I think I can write at about 700 words an hour, or revise about 500 words per hour. I’d like to say I can do more, but until the data supports it I can’t. So with those figures in mind after 47.5 hours I should have revised 23,750 words.

Naturally it’s not quite that easy. As part of my revision I’ll be writing new scenes, but I’ll also be doing blog posts etc. And not all of that time will actually be spent writing. Undoubtedly I’ll hit problems or mind-games that will have me pondering, undecided or back-tracking on my work. Rounding down, by the end of April I hope to have revised 35% of The Rebel Queen.

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