Close to the End

I’m getting close to the end of the first draft for Fires of Hephaestus. I’ve pretty faithfully been adding 2,000 words a day since the start of the year, and I think I only missed two days, so all those words have really started to add up.

The plan today is the same as every other day this year. Get another 2k words, and that’ll get me to 80,000 words total, just 5,000 shy of the length of Prophecy of the Seven.

Fires should definitely be longer. During the edits, I will probably smooth things out and add more description, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes above 100k words, which is usually what I shoot for.

So, a couple of more weeks until I have a finished first draft. Which is a bit crazy to think about.

I’m hoping I can keep up with the schedule. It’s not easy, because it really requires a lot of discipline to go to bed early so that I’m not exhausted in the morning. 1-2 hours at night is all I really get to myself, and a lot of that time I have to spend writing. Such is life when you stay at home with a 1.5-year-old.

I’ve found that I can almost find a little more in the tank if I just tell myself I do. I have to remind myself that it’s worth it in the end. Anyone who’s a parent knows that there’s really no such thing as a break, especially in the early years.

I’d like to keep up with this blog more, and my newsletter more, but I’ve been prioritizing the writing more than anything else. So, if you’re not hearing from me more, then that’s the reason.

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