And so it goes on. 1573 words for the week. Just scraped in. Finished a long chapter, which was a good feeling. It was a chapter I'd been working on for over two months!! (With an extensive gap in the middle.) The chapter ended up 8,500 words long and was quite a pivotal scene.
So now I go on my merry way, trying desperately to keep hurting my characters. I don't think I'm very good at it.
I'm about 53,000 words into the novel now, almost halfway! If I can get to 80,000 by the end of this year, I'll be overjoyed. In theory, if I can average 6,000 words a month I'll get there. On the other hand, if I average 4,000 words per month (more likely) I should get to 73,000 which I'd settle for quite happily.
Then it should only take another year (at 4000 words per month) to get to 120,000 (the end). BUT . . . much better to average 6000 from here, then I'd be done by next July!!!
Enough futile analysis - bottom line is I just need to write!