Squeezing in a Novel


I’m so sorry I haven’t posted for what seems forever. You see, I have this little thing called a deadline staring me in the face like bug-eyed rodeo bull. Here’s the bottom line, I have to finish an 80,000 word novel by September 1 and as of today, July 2 I have about 12,000 written. Now, the way I figure it, if my math is correct, that means I have to average1,133 words a day . . . every day.

That may not sound too bad but consider this, that’s to finish the first draft. I don’t want to turn in a first draft. As any serious writer knows–as any casual writer knows–first drafts are not that impressive. I’d like to leave myself at least a week to polish the first draft and turn in a second draft (still not desirable but it’ll have to do). So my new numbers say I have to write 1,283 words a day . . . every day. Still doable but totally exhausting.

Now, how am I going to accomplish this? (Here’s your peek inside the lifestyle of a writer working a full-time job, doing family stuff, church stuff, and meeting a deadline). I’ve bee writing every night between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 (then fall asleep in less than 60 seconds) and every morning from 6:00 to 6:45. Problem is, I get up by 5:30 a.m. so that leaves me getting 6 1/2 hours of sleep a night. By the time 10:00 p.m. rolls around I’m dog tired and have trouble staying awake to write. But . . . this is the life I’ve chosen. I love writing and I’m into my story idea.

I plan to try really hard to keep you posted on my progress. If you’re friends with me on Facebook I’ve also been keeping tabs there.

This should be interesting.

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About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on July 2, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You keep writing and we'll keep praying.

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  2. Steena Holmes

    You can do it! Being on a deadline always gives extra gumption.

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  3. Oh my goodness! Thanks for sharing. Now I know how to pray for you, and I will pray for you, Mike. I'm not sure if I could pull that off, but you can with God's help. Just hang in there. God's in control and has a reason for this. Hey, I finished Scream and really enjoyed it. Here's my review: http://northwoodsblumer.blogspot.com/2009/06/scream-by-mike-dellosso.htmlHope you are encouraged to keep pressing on!

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  4. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -Praying for you. If you want to put off that interview, I'll understand. :)Blessings,Susan

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  5. If this is the same schedule that brought forth "Scream" … then I will pray for strength, health and encouragement over the next 68,000 words. God Bless

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  6. I am rooting for you Mike! I'm so happy you have another book contracted and can't wait to read it!Keep that lamp burning bright!

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  7. I don't think I get your updates in feedblitz/burner? anymore. I'll need to check into that. I've been wondering how you've been doing.

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  8. If it's anything like trusting in God to provide when you're poor, then you'll find those words and more – like groceries on a doorstep.At least, I hope that's what happens. Maybe you should pencil in one all-nighter a week, just in case. 🙂

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