Those of you who follow this blog know that I wrote Baby Grand, in large part, by writing 1,000 words a day. For my current novel, In the Red, I followed the same regimen, more or less (my work schedule was interrupted quite a bit, however, for this book). As of today, I have a nearly 90,000-word first draft that I need to edit. So, I have set aside these next three months to do just that. Come hell or high water. This. Will. Get. Done. By April 1. You heard it here, folks!
So, I was just staring at my calendar trying to figure out how to plan out a first edit so that I can keep on schedule. I think it’s difficult to know how many pages you can edit in a day. I’m trying to remember how I did a first edit of Baby Grand, but I can’t recall, and I’m too lazy to check earlier posts of this blog. I may have, indeed, met daily edit goals, but this first draft of In the Red is so messy — much messier than Baby Grand was upon completion — that I know it will be nearly impossible. There will be lots of rewriting going on. That’s for sure. So I’ve decided that I will edit 25 pages a week. That gives me a little wiggle room in the day to day. So, by tomorrow, the first 25 pages will be done; by next Friday, the next 25, and so on. That should do it. (Fingers crossed!) So, off I go. Wish me luck!
How about you? What are you working on in 2014?