Sunday, September 28, 2008


By Marcia Mickelson

I just reached 60,000 words in my manuscript on Friday. What a great feeling. This is the quickest writing I have ever done. I started this manuscript in March, took a few months off to move, and dug right back in a few months ago.

It usually takes me much, much longer to finish a manuscript. The last 2 books took me over 4 years combined. I'm not a fast writer. It's hard to carve out the time.

I am doing a (BIAM) Book in A Month in October, hosted by Tristi Pinkston. I'm hoping that I can finish the rough draft of this manuscript by the end of October. This will be the 4th BIAM that I do for this manuscript, and I don't think I'd be this close to finishing it if I hadn't participated in those. It really gives me accountability, like I have to write because you have signed up to write. I need accountability to help me make progress.

Anyone who is up for the challenge, sign up at Tristi's blog and write, write, write this month.


Robyn Heirtzler said...

Good luck with your goal! I'm going to have to pass on the one month goal though as I'm only on the plotting stages of a novel that's requiring extensive research - I don't want to rush it. I hope all goes well!

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Marcia, this is so cool! Woohoo on the 60000 words. I neeed to get my current project finished by Halloween, so I'm going to sign up with Tristi, too. I'm hoping that'll help keep me on track!

Julie Wright said...

woohoo for 60,000 words! Congratulations!