Tiredness seems to be constant lately. Wake up tired, arrive at work tired, go home tired. Cook and eat some simple food, have a bath, go to sleep, wake up tired again. Go to work again, repeat entire cycle. Somewhere in there, find time to write.
I don’t feel its necessarily a realistic expectation that I will write any story words on a work day, as I work four long days and have three days off each week. I do want to do as much work as I can on character and plot development, and also be open to new ideas, like last night’s. Then when I sit down on my non-work days to write, hopefully I will be fired up and ready to go. I really need to aim to average at least two and a half thousand story words, or half a chapter, each day I am not working, to keep the story momentum going.
That will still give a very repectable first draft in seven weeks (range six to eight, depending how things go). Allowing two weeks for pre writing, and at least a month for editing, that gives possibly three completed books a year. That seems amazingly optimistic for someone working full time at a busy and stressful job, with a long commute, though I know other writers with more demands on their time manage it.
If I can keep to that schedule, more or less, my writing will improve dramatically. Ursula le Guin said – “You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it. ” I just hope it doesn’t take too many practice novels to crack it….
Is this an impossible dream? I don’t know. But I do intend to find out!