Friday, September 11, 2009

Envision Revision

I need a hard deadline for my revision. Otherwise I'll obsess over little changes and never take the plunge of entering the marketplace. So I found a neat little visual at Writertopia which will be taking up residence on my blog.

This shows that I'm 4,183 words into a 90,000 word revision. 90,000 is a little arbitrary. My previous draft is 85,397. I expect my new draft to be about the same because I want to add some scenes and cut down others but I wanted to leave some room for exploring directions that might not pan out. Given my current obsession with numbers, my little guy's mood is "logical and calm."

My goal is to "deal with" 2,000 words a day for 50 days. When I say "deal with" I think I want to count the words at the end of the day -- revised version, not the old version. I'm curious how other people track progress though and would love to hear about it in comments!

Counting the couple of days I've already logged and leaving one day a week for breaks and catch-up plus a few extras that makes my deadline November 9th.

Do you think I can do it?


Varian Johnson said...

I'm putting November 9th on my calendar....

Rachel Wilson said...

I'm not sure I can keep up this pace. Today I was writing a new scene. I worked for four or five hours straight and barely made my target.

Rachel Wilson said...

I mean, thank you, Varian.

Spice Girl said...

Go Rachel!! Of course you can do it! You're Rachel the Amazing (insert picture of Rachel with a superhero cape).

If you need a reader, feel free to send to me.

I haven't yet broken down my revisions so mathematically, but I might just have to snag that meter. :)