What can I say, I have messed around with this story idea so long. Trying to get a solid outline so that I will have my road map to finish but I wasn’t getting anywhere. I felt edgy wanting to write but thinking I needed to figure out just a little bit more of the story.
I can’t say I finished the outline, at least not like I wanted it but I feel like I know enough of the story to start writing. Over the past few weeks I have written a few scenes. Some feel disjointed, not sure if I will keep all of them but I guess that is what a first draft is for.
Because my urge to write was so strong, I put all the scenes I’ve written so far together and added another this week. So far my word count is 2619 words. Not a lot when I am aiming for around 80,000 words. That means for me to get the first draft done by the end of September, I need to write 1289 words a day. A little over 5 pages a day. I have written 50,000 in 30 days during NaNoWriMo a couple of times so I know I can do it.
I am going to set my goal at 1289 words a day for the next 60 days. I will not expect perfection. I will push forward and make this happen.
That is just the first of many goals before I will be ready to send anything out. I will blog weekly about my progress and maybe some of the struggles. I hope you will follow along on my journey. This is the year I will make the dream of completing a novel come true. No matter how bad I think it is, I will continue until the end. I will lock my editor up until needed. The next 60 days are just for writing.
How do you push through that first draft? What are your secrets? Advice welcome.
- WIP is Slowly Eating its Way Out of Me (chortleatmygirth.com)
- Writer-Talk Tuesday: Creating a Writing Calendar (kayedacus.com)