So, three hundred pages down, three hundred to go. I’m halfway to the goal length for my novel. Why six hundred pages? I did some calculating. Using twelve-point Courier, double-spaced, six hundred pages is roughly 120,000 words. That’s a little on the longish side for a commercial novel, but I’ve factored in some room to fudge.
I’m afraid, though, that I’m not really into celebrating. I know what I went through to get those three hundred pages. Now I’m faced with three hundred more. Right now, I’m getting about an hour a night to write, after my wife falls asleep and before I nod off myself. In that time, I can get about a page written. So, if I’m very, very lucky, I’m looking at another year before I finish and another year, more than likely, of editing. I keep telling myself that if I can handle four (yes, four) years of law school on top of working full-time, then I can do this. I hope so, at least.
So how do you balance work, life, and writing? If you find the answer, let me know. If I find the answer, I’ll let you know.