The only writer who finishes is the writer with a schedule and goals.
I've noticed that I can spend whole days writing and not move much farther ahead in my manuscript, so I decided to complete a set number of pages per day. It's something I can track and it moves me in one direction--forward.
That's what I thought.
I'm working on rewrites for Family Matters, and I intend to finish 10 pages per day, minimum. Here's the problem.
My manuscript needs big changes. I'm getting rid of a few ancillary characters who, though they amused me, didn't contribute to the story. So every time I come upon one of their passages, out comes the editing scalpel.
I've been working for two hours now. I started with 327 pages. I'm down to 324. And I know I've written at least three pages worth of new material.
So how do I track my pages when I'm rewriting and editing. Seriously. Any suggestions?
I suppose I could write down the word count of each passage I delete and subtract it from the starting word count. The result should give me the total numbers written per day, and divided by 250 should give me the number of pages.
I'd love a less cumbersome idea, but I haven't come up with it yet.
I'd also love to know what other writers think is a reasonable amount of time to spend writing each day. I know it's subjective, but can anyone be productive in front of the computer for six or eight hours at a time? (Although my Farmville crops are flourishing nicely, thank you.)