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How I came up with my project plan
First, I set a target word count of 60,000 for this book. Most novels are somewhere between 80,000 and 120,000 words, so this is slightly shorter than the average. (And if you prefer to think in pages rather than word count, I can tell you that if you're working in double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, there are usually around 300 words per page, so I'm aiming for roughly 200 pages for this one.)
Next, I thought about how many words I tend to be able to write per hour. I already had this information from doing #writeclub sprints on Twitter and from paying attention to my word counts during my daily 2 hours of writing in the morning. On a good day, I can produce 1,000 words per hour without having it feel like a stretch. Granted, on other days I'm lucky to get 500 words per hour, but I'm being optimistic. So 1K words/hr it is.