Today, I did the math on the new beginning for Salvaged.
My average chapter is 3,500 words long. The shortest is 3,000. The longest is 6,500. The median is 4,612. If I am shooting for three chapters in this range, we’re looking at a total of no fewer than 10,500 words… post-editing and revision. Given that my idea of editing is cutting, not adding, I should probably shoot for a solid 15,000 if I want to have enough raw material to work with.
Right now, I have a paltry 1,710 words.
My uninterrupted sprint pace is roughly 800-900 words every 30 minutes. Those are unedited, unrevised, often misspelled words. They require a lot of work. But they are building materials. If I apply that 800-word pace to the 15,000 word goal, we’re looking at 18.75 sprints, or 9.375 uninterrupted hours of writing. Minus the 1,710 words already down, we are at 8 hours, almost on the nose. One work day.
I can see how professional writers can do this as a full time job and crank out a lot of books in a year. Doesn’t that sound like fun!
I figure the regular assortment of activities would have to be divided among various aspects of the work:
- Fresh writing new work
- Revising / editing
- Marketing and platform (networking, blogging, social, etc)
- Reading / exploring
- Business management (queries, negotiations, etc)
Back to the matter at hand. That is my dream job, so right now, it’s essentially my second job.
We’re looking at very little free time to accomplish the fresh writing of this revision (I have no idea which category this falls under). By knowing it’s only eight hours of work, I feel like I should be able to knock it out quickly. There is a feeling of “I can do that.” It is possible. It’s not too huge. Then I think about my actual writing habits and the time available and that feeling of possibility withers and shrinks.
I need to get on it.