My self-imposed writing schedule is working quite well. It seems as if I'm only capable of getting significant amounts done if I've got a deadline to meet, even if it's one I've created myself. I'm sure that says something profound about me as a writer but I can't be arsed to figure out what.
I passed the 75k mark last week which is - as so many things are - both good and bad. Good because yay, progress! And bad because I think I'm waffling too much. Or, to phrase it in a slightly more positive way, I'm going into too much detail.
I have my chapter plan and for the most part I'm stuck to it, though I've had to re-jig a few things and cut out a couple of conversations which I had planned because I'd reached my limit on that chapter. I'd figured I would probably have to do that, though, so it's no big deal.
The problem potentially exists in the amount of words I'm doing per chapter. I've created a limit of 2k. In most of the chapters, I have gone over this by around one- to two-hundred words. My university-brain says 'well that's okay, it's within the 10% margin' - but my actually-we're-not-at-uni-anymore-brain points out that these extra words mount up over all the chapters.
As a result I'm trying to write a few slightly smaller chapters. I aim for around 1700-1800 words - and come in closer to dead on 2k. *sigh* So should I therefore be aiming at that all the time? Or should I get my act together and actually produce what I bleedin' well say I'm going to?
Despite the above whinging, I'm not actually too worried about my excess words. It's been a habit of mine to go over on word counts for several years now and I always manage to cut it down in the end. In fact that's mostly what my editing process consists of. If I took that away, I'm not sure I'd know what to do. Which doesn't exactly bode well for the uber-editing-session I have planned (for my other novel) once I've finished the first draft of Hide and See.
Who reckons that I'll just end up starting another novel instead?