Well, people, it’s time to start again. There’s a world of words ready for mining, and I’ve had a lovely and productive break since last year’s 2 pages a day campaign. I’m in good shape, and ready to start all over.
As with all projects, I spent today laying out the tools and ingredients I’ll need for the next bit of a run. For me, it works best if I have a writing idea or two in mind. I also keep a few half-baked ideas around as well. I’ve picked a few and set them around my computer desktop so I can find them easily.
Here are the guidelines for this gig:
- Two pages a day, with one day off a week. That’s 500 words a day, six days a week. January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. That’s 26 weeks of 3000 words a week, or 78,000 words.
- These two pages are “crappy first draft” pages. We don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or any other standard.
- We don’t go back and edit other days’ drafts, unless we happen to have extra time and inclination. Revision is something we save until after the end of June.
- We are allowed to switch projects. If you get a little stuck on one, have another handy that will let you keep your 500 word daily commitment.
- If you have a good day, and write 1000 words, you can bank those words against other days. I prefer to keep my 500 words a day promise, no matter how good specific days go. The regularity helps me stay disciplined.
I mention all of this, because it is time to prepare everything so come January 1, 2017, we’re off to a ripping start.
Brace yourself. It’s all about to start.