Doing the Math and Setting a Goal
If I wrote 1000 words a day, I would have the remaining 75,000 words written and that means my first draft in 75 days. 1500 words a day would mean it would take 50 days to write the remainder.
Then there's the work math, fortunately for me I'm only working 80% this year so I'd have a 3-day weekend. So, 12 days a month for 6 months and I'd have my first draft. Put that all together, I can have the sequel to Strange Reality done by April, 2016.
I will set that as my goal and now that I have done it, another thought popped into my head; Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) which is in November. Nanowrimo happens every year in November. Signing up to participate means accepting the challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I hadn't planned to participate this year but it is an option to consider. It would mean writing, on average, 1666 words a day for 30 days over and above working all day.
If I follow the 1000 words a day on my non-working days, I'll already have 25,000 words and that means, if I do Nanowrimo, I'd have 75,000 words by the end of November. O.M.G. That's an entirely different goal. I'd have my sequel by Christmas.
What to choose?