With this post, I will try to keep you updated on how I am doing with my project. I won’t call it a novel until I am further along and I won’t talk about the story because I don’t want jinx myself by sharing too much too soon.
What I will tell you about is the stage I am in with the project. I have written a few scenes and again felt like I was floundering. My critic came to visit and stayed. I started doubting myself again.
I want to get the first draft done before the end of September. I am going to a writer’s workshop in Minnesota and I felt it would give me a good date to aim for.
I have been working on plotting and outlining and reading everything that I could get my hands on about the subject. I found several books online that have helped. I have been reading so much about outlining, that I volunteered to present a workshop on the subject this past Saturday at my CIFW (Central Iowa Fiction Writers – a local chapter of Romance Writers of America).
The workshop went well. I didn’t do anything embarrassing, at least; I had read so much about the subject I felt comfortable talking about it. The best compliment came from one of our published authors, the Sparkle half of Sparkle Abbey. She said I’d helped her figure out something with the current story she was writing. The workshop was hands on and those present seemed to get absorbed in their work, so I was happy.
My goal this week is to complete my outline and actually start writing and keep writing. When I have completed the outline, I will calculate the number of words per day I will need to do by the end of September and share the number of words written each week with this weekly post.
Your assignment is to help keep me motivated and moving forward. As you can see, I am planning to post more often, not daily but several times a week. Writing here seems to make me want to work on my wip, so I will do what I need to do to get it finished. I enjoy blogging and it makes me feel a little more connected to the writing community.
If anyone would like to share their writing methods feel free to chime in. How much do you prepare before you actually start writing? How do you stay motivated every day? Do you have a special time of day that you write and is it consistent? How is your writing going?
Until next time,