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Motivation: The Final Push


Finishing a project: The dream everyone has. Having the chance to say “I did this” and show others proof of your achievement. Who doesn’t want that honor – that opportunity?

Tales of The Forbidden has been my project for almost a year now. It’s time to finish it. I chose December 31st as a deadline for a reason; so I could close off this chapter of The Forbidden Series and move on to the second of four books. 2012 marks the start of my serious adventure into writing.

Finishing ToTF by December 31st will make it the first novel I ever finished and will let me learn from the strenuous writing process this past year.

A friend's show of support; Nakaya de Jong, also the designer of my Twitter background and Facebook page. Click for the animation.

Starting 2012, I want to focus on writing more. Two novels per year. Six months per novel. This, of course, only consists of first draft writing, not the editing process. To do this, depending on final word count (between 85,000 – 95,000 words), it would entail 3,250 – 4,000 words per week – say 3,500 to go for the average.

500 words per day. That is doable, and my schedule allows for more writing during spare time, so I will not need to stress about it.

I hope this schedule works for me. Getting more content out and halting my procrastination: I’ve longed to push past that for ages.

Before that happens, I must finish my current project. I have an estimated 15,000 words left and 27 days. 555 words per day. It hits close to what my new target will be, after the holidays. Aside from that:

With support from my friends, finishing should be a breeze!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

7 thoughts on “Motivation: The Final Push

  1. good luck on finishing ToTF by the end of the month, I’m sure you can do it – then comes the dreaded editing stage, best wishes for that too! 🙂

  2. Wow- Wish I could do that! That sounds like a great goal!!! I suppose I could if I put the kids in day care! haha! Good luck- glad things are coming together!

  3. If I finished a 40k novella in five weeks, I think you’ll be fine with a novel in six months! The first draft is meant to be wild, messy and thrown out there. Good luck!


    • 40k in five weeks is great and definitely doable! I’m choosing the six month option because it makes me push myself, but doesn’t get in the way of my education and work – at least, not too much.

      Thank you!

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