Planning to write is not writing. Outlining…researching…talking to people about what your doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. – E.L. Doctorow
Last night I let my wife do some editing with my story. For her day job, she writes and designs programs for a credit card company. She checks and double-checks things before they go out to the reps dealing with the customers. She has been helping me with my grammar, punctuation and other things that need fixing for a while. Last night she went over one the chapters that she had not read and was impressed with how far my writing as well as my grammar, punctuation etc. have come.
I usually let her review things after I have just written them so they are fresh in my mind. Recently I have not been able to with my output. I have written six chapters since she last reviewed everything. I have been moving fast on the book. When I went to let her read the chapter, I thought it was only two chapters since she read last, When it was actually six. I have proud that things have been moving fast, though I wonder if it will last or I will hit the wall at some point. It would be wonderful if I could keep going at this pace, I am not sure if 3-4k a day is good pace or not. I am at the 40k mark and still going. My magic number is 95k. When I reach that number and I feel will there is more to tell than I will go until I feel that I need to stop. Once I have reached, what I think may be the end of the story I will stop, go back, revise, and rewrite what needs fixing.
Until I reach that point or find that I need a break (after the last rewrite I stepped away for a month), I will take it and revise with fresh eyes. While waiting I have other projects that I am thinking about finishing next. This book feels like there may be more than one book to finish the story, though I will write it as though there is a door open for it. I will try not to make it obvious that there is more to the story. However, that is not always under the writer’s control.