Sixty Thousand Words
July 7, 2011 Leave a comment
It’s been a while since the last post. And it’s been tough here in writing-land. Chapter 6 rolls on and until I just did a quick count-up I was wondering why I wasn’t making very good progress. The chapter is full-on undermining: practical, challenging and potentially risky, so it’s no bad thing that I’m picking my way carefully through the subject. Especially as the chapter focuses on the hardest challenge of all – undermining the Veil of Ignorance.
Then I did the count-up and found, to my surprise, that I had already written 15,000 words out of the 60,000 words written in total – in just this one chapter, eclipsing the “monster” Chapter 2 and with only a glimmer of the end in sight. Part of me is not enjoying this at all; I wrote to a friend a couple of weeks ago asking for help, simply because the book was becoming too large for the words I was able to write. By writing that message I clarified in my mind what I needed to do – just focus on what matters and not worry about the process of getting there. Easier said than done, but each time I open this expanding document I go a little closer to the end. There is an end, isn’t there?