I would love to write 552,160 words in the next six months (3,001 words per day), but I would like to finish a novel more.
But the two are not mutually exclusive.
I am going to move the target line up to 3,001 words (from 2,732) on my weekly graphs to reflect the harder hill I have to climb in the second act. But I’m not going to pull my hair out every day I dip below this line. I still believe in the Shangri-La that is a string of 5,000-word days — once I’ve finished working full-time but haven’t yet started the long tiki tour home / when I’m working on Novel A and it all falls into place. When I picture this writer’s Shangri-La, I even have specific passages in the novel in mind: most of them involve Bhutan, which — coincidentally — is also known as The Last Shangri-La.
But enough looking forwards. I’ve decided to this as a list, if only because I’ve had this line from my second favourite Canadian band stuck in my head all day:
Memory will rust and erode into lists, of all that you gave me…
How I Spent My 447,840 Words
13 short stories started and completed such that I might consider submitting for publication — 1 published (though I haven’t submitting many, that’s top of my To Do list at the moment)
9 short stories already drafted before 1 Jan have received serious attention in 2008 — 4 published
12 short stories begun but a) abandoned before completion of first draft or b) incomplete as at 30 June 2008
2 novels worked on in earnest — 0 completed
2 other novels dreamed up and preliminary research under take — 2 placed on back-burner / promptly forgotten
37 poems — 1 published
8 Word files full of words expended in the pursuit of poetry
104 posts on The Year of a Million Words
6 posts on my travel blog
100-150 emails of a personal nature which at the time I deemed might be of interest to my poor biographer in sixty years — 5-10 emails probably fit the bill in hindsight (36,897 words)
19 reviews of stories on Zoetrope and approximately 10 reviews of work from my writing group (23,517 words)
3 extended biographical prose pieces written with no clear use in mind (11,886 words)
1 web-based project which never came to fruition but none the less deserved 5,300 words