Creative minds are rarely neat...


When I create a new word-tracking spreadsheet for a novel, I always make sure to give myself some leeway. I never plan for 2,000 word days because I know that if I miss a day, 2,000 is an intimidating (for me) number of words to try to make up.

I’ve had to ‘cash in’ some of my leeway time already, with an emergency room visit leading to an appendectomy this weekend.


Always give yourself a little leeway with your planning because, to be frank, sh*t happens.

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