I make a point of recording certain milestones while at work on my novel-in-progress.
I do so to track when I reach certain parts of the novel, both to measure the consistency of my output and for reminiscence. I also do it to encourage further progress and the achievement of additional milestones.
The specific milestones I’ve chosen to observe are as follows:
- Page 50 of the novel
- Page 100 of the novel
- Every page that is a multiple of 100
- The approximate midpoint of the novel
- The end of every chapter
Currently in my novel, I’m about five words away from rolling over onto page 100. I’m also about half a page away from the end of a chapter. One might suppose I’m feverishly working away on achieving two milestones within such a short space of each other.
But I’m not.
Instead, I’m rather preoccupied with another pursuit.
Once I finish with this one, I’ll gladly return to writing. In the meantime, though, I find myself on the edge of something else that’s wonderful.
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