I’ve got one month left at home before I return to Vancouver for my second (and final) year of graduate school. I’m at what I’d say is about the one-third mark on my thesis, somewhere around 31,000–32,000 words. Last month, my colleague Carsen Taite (who is much more prolific than I) mentioned (on Facebook, I think) that she was going to write 1,000 words a day for the month of June. Several fellow writers took up the challenge, including Ken O’Neill and Jennifer Lavoie—but not me.
I think I should have. This thesis isn’t going to write itself and I have to really get in gear on this if I’m going to have a draft ready by the start of the semester. No, it doesn’t need to be polished, by any means, but hopefully it will be coherent and have those handy things like plot, conflict, and character development. Also, probably it will have dogs, or at least a dog. (Sorry, ’Nathan.)
So, using the wonder that is 750 Words (which I let fall by the wayside last month), I’m going to be writing at least 1,000 words a day for the month of July. I got off to a good start on Monday, when I wrote almost 2,000 words—admittedly, about 800 of them were a blog post, but I figure it’s a good start.