So I finished VOL’s first draft on my birthday in April, but it wasn’t until the very end of that same month that I began to do anything with WHT. As such, this is the rough two month marker for the project, and to be blunt: I’ve blown away my past efforts with ease, to the point that there isn’t any contest by now.
When I wrote version 0.1 of TUS way back in 2011, I started in September and ran through October. In total, I had only slightly fewer days than WHT has been allocated. In that time, I wrote about 28,000-30,000 words. Assuming I hit target today with WHT, I can say with reasonable confidence that I have smashed 40,000. That may not sound like a huge increase, but consider the following:
- At University I had a lot of downtime in between studying, and I channeled all of it into the project.
- I had no job commitments that stood between me and working on my writing.
- I had no personal commitments that stood between me and working on it.
- I was capable of full brain function after 8pm, not falling asleep.
And to cap it all off, that’s where I chose to cap the story. WHT is still getting started – ok no, it’s past the midpoint now but you get the idea, it’s not done yet. Given how stressed and angry I’ve been recently at others taking my free time away, I lost sight of just how much I’ve outclassed the lot of them and my former self, even whilst going along with that.
There is still one hurdle I need to clear however, and it’s not to do with my remaining time to work on WHT. I need to become more active on WattPad. If I am serious about this as how I want to hold myself to account – and I am – then I need to be commenting on a lot of stories, figuring out that overwhelming community forum, and making a name for myself.
It’s a daunting task to be sure, but not one that is beyond my abilities. persistence is key. Yes there will be a degree of getting lucky too, but you can manufacture that kind of luck. To use an awful analogy, when you buy just one lottery ticket, you only get one shot. Buy hundreds, and you get hundreds of chances at that breakout scenario, even if the odds are still low. At least all these “lotto ticket” steps are free.
Yeah that is a terrible metaphor. But screw it it’s not like anyone is reading this anyway, I can compare it to whatever I darn well want to. It’s like drawing one vs a hundred Squirrels commander opening hands. The odds might be low, but the dream of turn one infinite squirrels is achievable. Somehow that comparison is worse for obscurity, and yet better because squirrels. Can you tell I didn’t get much sleep last night?