“Writing a book is like driving a car at night. You only see as far as your headlights go, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E.L. Doctorow
This is one of my favorite quotes about writing and it feels exactly like what I am doing now. I’ve set a goal for 1000 words a day, five days a week until I complete this manuscript. If this challenge gets easier, I will increase my daily word count.
The past few weeks I have developed a very long synopsis. I think it is six pages long, too long to give to an agent or an editor but that’s okay because I made it for me. I am using it as my outline. I have been developing scenes from it and have started writing.
As I mentioned in my last post, I brought back a couple of characters from an earlier project. Characters that I became very fond of. They have not failed me. I catch myself writing and things pop out of their mouths that I didn’t necessarily expect but again, it’s okay. They are helping me get words on the page.
My current project is a mystery and my protagonist is a sixty-something woman Frieda Kirkpatrick and her side-kick Agnes Hughes. They have been friends since childhood. Just because they are adults does not mean they can’t get into trouble. I am hoping to develop this into a series. I have shared these characters with my writing buddies over the years and have always got a good response.
My last project I started with them was a romantic comedy and it was set in Vegas. Frieda and Agnes like the slots. They had a friend there named Merci Fontaine who was a cross dresser show girl. She seemed so real to my readers, I had people tell me they saw her around town. I hope to have that response with all the characters in this novel. I haven’t given up on the first project with Merci but from the beginning it always felt like a sequel. I have been taking notes to make it a mystery instead of a romantic comedy and it will be my next project.
My desire to write has been huge. My biggest hurdle is coming home at night and having the energy to write. I’ve incorporated a few ideas to keep me motivated. During the day, I work in a cubicle. I decided to make my cubie a motivational collage. I posted motivational guides on the wall next to me. During the day, I glance at the wall and it helps make me want to go home and write. Here is what it looks like.
I hope you are meeting your writing goals. Do you have any tricks to keep yourself motivated? I would love to hear them.
- Cut it Out! Word Counts and How to Keep Them from Running Amuck (thewritersadvice.com)
- Driving with E.L. Doctorow (alisaridout.wordpress.com)