Starting today I’m self-employed for the rest of the year. I’ve written about 80,000 words over the past 14 months, and I’m giving myself Nov and Dec to finish this up, which will be about another 40,000 words. That means 5,000 words a week, or approximately 1,000 words a day. From what I hear, that is entirely doable.
So now the big test – do I have the self-discipline to do this thang? Or will I end up sleeping all day, playing video games, and drinking a lot of alcohol? By the end of December I’ll know if I’m the kind of person who could, theoretically, do this for realsies. Or if it will forever be a hobby I indulge on the side, while doing something like accounting full time to actually pay the bills. I mean, obvs I have to go back to a real job during the years-long process of getting a publisher and having the book put onto physical paper. But as a proof of concept, the next two months mean a lot.
Not off to the best start – I am suffering from a cold, and spent the first half of my day at the doctor and pharmacy. Just means I have to work harder to make up for this over the coming days. :) Here we go!
Well, as someone who likes what you have written so far, good luck!
You got this.
I am excited to read the post where you discover your time at less wrong has trained you for the specific skill set pertinent to technical writing. Such that your good read’s profile is mostly suspiciously detailed ghost written camping and survival guides and technical manuals. Which gives you the time and resources to become a happy successful genre writer.