Yesterday I hit the 35,000 words mark on White Echoes. Whoop! Progress.
What's that you're saying? I was supposed to finish the month at 50,000 words? Nonsense!
The truth is that yes, indeed, I will fail at my March is Butt-in-Chair Month Challenge. That's okay. I will still have made more progress than I would otherwise have, and that's the whole point. I still write every day. I work on this story. I plan for April's challenge. I study (exams. Those things I wish I didn't have).
I've realised that White Echoes first draft will end shorter than expected. 50,000 words was a goal that'd bring me to the midway point. When I look at my outline, however... I've already crossed it. There are a few parts (*cough* the whole first 10k *cough*) that need to be revised and lengthened, but I now doubt the novel will go over 80,000 words.
So the new, realistic goal? Make 40,000 words before Thursday, midnight.
One last thing! I've heard it said that Blogger's new spam filter is efficient and makes the word verification unnecessary. As I've always found the thing mildly annoying, I'm giving a try to removing it. We'll see if the filter is as good as they say.