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70.000 words in 14 weeks

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And then all of your plans go up in the air, of course.
Fact is, I just saw this…

… and I thought, why not?
The guidelines on Angry Robot’s website ask for a finished manuscript of 70.000 to 130.000 words, in the science fiction and/or fantasy genre.
It’s 15 weeks right now to the 31st of December.
Leave one week out to plan and outline, and this means writing 500/1000 good words per day, every day.
Stick to that, and I’d be set, and well within the requested word-count.
It’s not much, actually.


The point is having a good story, some good ideas and characters, a box of ready-to-use tricks and a good, solid outline, and then keep the rhythm.
I can do it.
I will do it, in fact.
I can apply all I have learned in these years about writing fast and good and remaining focused, and by the end of December have a full novel to submit.
After all, what could happen?
Angry Robot could tell me sometimes in 2018 that my novel is not for them.
OK. I could still adjust it and submit it somewhere else.
So, on we go.crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811
Hmmm… I could even cheat and use the NaNoWriMo as an alibi, and get myself a badge for my blog as I am at it.
Granted, in the meantime I’l have to work on all the rest, and still find ways to pay for my bills and my food and all the rest.
But I will do it!
Wish me luck.

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.

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