I'm keeping a diary of the writing process of Book 10, from the first words to publication.
This week, I reached my first word count milestone for Book 10: 10,000 words! There are still many, many more words to come, and they won't all come as easily as this first chunk, when the story characters are new and exciting, but I'm so happy to have reached this stage. My aim is to reach 20,000 words before the kids break up for Christmas, so I can have a nice break with the family, so I'm half way to that goal.
The book is going well so far and I've managed to stick to my 1,000 words per writing day goal. In the past, I've aimed for 10,000 words per week, but I've found this becomes more and more of a struggle the further into the book I get, sucking all the joy from writing it. This time, I want to get back to loving what I write, and I think having a more manageable goal in mind will help with this. It's certainly working at the moment as I'm loving writing Rebecca's story and I look forward to opening my laptop to continue her adventures each morning. It helps that my deadline is mid-April, so there isn't a mad rush to get the words down!