East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

45.000 or bust!


… And so we decided to turn it into a race.

Yesterday my friend Claire, who is working on her novel, announced to the world at large1 that she plans to reach a word count of 45.000 by the end of the weekend.

Now, I’m writing too – yeah, I know I’ve told you about it to distraction – and I have a target of 45.000, too, to be reached… well, yesterday.

And so, I said, why not make it a game?running
Competition, especially friendly competition, can be motivational, right?
Claire accepted – after pointing out that she’s a little ahead of me already.

I’m currently clocking at about 33.000 words (unedited).
This means, easy – 3000 words a day, for four days.
Will I make it? Probably.
More, I haveto make it, or my editor and my publisher will flog me in public.
Will I make it before Claire? Ah, that’s the point of this whole racing thing, right?2

So, now lunch, then we start writing as fast (and good) as possible.
I’ll keep you posted.

  1. well, ok, to Facebook 
  2. bets are open – feel free to choose your champion here in the comments. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “45.000 or bust!

  1. Hi Davide, and thanks for the pingback to my Writing poem. Hope it provided sufficient encouragement for you to meet your writing goal!!


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