First and Twenty

In football, when a team is in control of the ball, they have 4 tries to get a “down,” which means moving the ball at least ten yards. When they reach the first down, the call is “first and ten,” meaning that they have reached the first down and have ten yards to go to make the next down.

For my book, I have set for myself certain goals, “downs” if you will, based on word count. It’s a good way for me to keep up with how far along I am and how far I have to go.

An average novel in my genre is around 80,000 words. If you break this up into quarters, it means 20,000 words is a quarter of the way through, 40,000 words is halfway, and so on.

I have reached my first down. A couple of nights ago, I hit 20,216 words!

My next goal is another 20,000 words, so I’m calling, “First and twenty.” First down and 20,000 words to go.

If you look at an average novel, I’ve written close to 100 pages.

I think this calls for some sort of celebration but I’m not sure what that should be yet, other than the little “happy dance” I did at my desk when I checked my word count.

I’ll let you know when I come up with something. And, I’m open to suggestions.

That’s it for now. Back to writing…