Write every day, or that’s the goal. For my first novel, with daily work and family duties, the only time I was able to carve out for myself was weekend mornings. Here’s a chart of my progress.I used NovelEdge, a simple, distraction free writing app for the iPad. By distraction free, I mean no spell checker, no thesaurus, no search and replace. It does provide a way of keeping projects and chapters separate and it has an accurate word count. The productivity analytics are a nice addition, but not necessary. Not sure if I’ll use it again due to some instabilities and a lack of the above basic features. I wanted to try Manuscript for iPad, but I can’t buy it in Canada and the developers refuse to answer my emails and Twitter inquiries. I guess they don’t want my business.
The bottom line: slow and steady wins the race. You can see how my pace increased when I was laid off around week 22 and was able to write every day.