I’m still a little amazed that I managed to pull this off. Red Line approached me on April 16. I had my assignment that same day. The first chapter and an outline were due on May 5th. The entire book — 14,500 words — on May 26. This means that in 6 weeks, I researched, outlined, wrote and rewrote 3 times 14,500 words.
Working this fast will never be my favorite way to write but I’m really glad that I did it and would definitely do it again. I’m not nearly as tapped out as I thought I’d be.
My biggest lesson from all of this was that I can write more and faster than I thought possible. Before I could start this project, I had to finish another biggie that was due April 30. I also went out of town one weekend on a retreat, attended a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor, blogged, worked a high school fundraiser one afternoon, attended a high school concert, finished my part of the paperwork to hire a new pastor at our church, rekeyed a play, finished crocheting a baby blanket, and kept up with my blogging.
Would I want to be this busy all the time? Again, no.
But it has influenced what I expect from myself. The editor I met on retreat will accept work from us through September 1. The piece that has the best chance with her is still an idea in my head, but I have The piece I want to submit is in my idea file, but counting this week, I have 14 weeks to work it up. It’s nonfiction so I know that once I research it and choose an approach, I can fly. Two months ago, that would have been daunting. Now? Not so much.
Will I manage to do it? Only if I try.