At the end of June after months of dragging my feet with the weight of my novel looming over me, I decided I stop messing around and finally begin writing. Even if I didn’t know everything I needed to know, I just needed to start. Even I ended up scrapping everything I wrote from the final story, I needed to write something. I still feel like it shouldn’t have been such a difficult thing to do, but I’m proud to say I’ve been doing it. Slowly, but surely.
I didn’t want to announce my participation on July 1st, however, because I wanted to make sure this was not another failed attempt. I’d been telling myself I needed to write all of June and it just never happened. So I wanted to make sure it was indeed happening.
As of my writing of this post at 3 p.m. on July 13, 2016, I have written 2,914 words. Not a lot. But I’ve finally made a breakthrough I think is going to help me write the first real words of this novel very soon.
What I’ve Been Writing
So you might be wondering what exactly has taken me almost two weeks to write in 2,914 words. Well, I’ll admit, I haven’t been writing everyday. More like every other day, as strangely enough as if it were planned. But my writing, if you look at my stats has mostly been a few hundred words here and there. Even though I’ve wanted my story to materialize, actually putting in the effort has been hard for me. Don’t ask me why.
So what I’ve been doing to try and be productive has write in journal-like entries my notes for potential directions the story could take. The most story-like writing I’ve done is 979 words of a prologue involving the villain of the story and her origin. It never got finished because I hit a fork in the road of what I wanted to happen. Since then, it’s been in limbo because I’ve…changed the nature of her villain-ry. I might rework these words later, but right now its just a block of text on my Word document with a strike through it
like so, as during Camp NaNoWriMo you do not delete words.
I’ve written questions for myself that I’ve attempted to answer that has helped me make decisions that fixed problems I’ve had in my head. It’s been brilliant. One of the biggest problems I’ve had to this date is how all these ideas and characters I’ve had in my head (and in bits and pieces of past drafts and notes) connect. And in a burst of inspiration this morning, I’ve found a way to establish these connections in the first three chapters.
There are still some lingering logical questions and holes in my understanding, but I’m hopeful the answers will emerge as I write. I’m also hopeful that I have as much fun writing these three chapters as I had envisioning them. My writing pal Sara, who is much further along on the first draft of her story (see Wattpad for her story), told me that she discovered that the first 10,000 words of a novel submission are the ones that really count towards getting an agent/book deal/whatever, and that’s partially why I’m really excited to work hard on my first three chapters.
I’ve written many novel intros for this story I’ve been trying to write, but none have seemed so good as the ideas I now have. Even though I’m behind and should be working hard to catch up, I am probably going to devote as much time as necessary to writing these chapters right. I have a chance to really introduce the world and the conflict of the story here, and I don’t want to do a sloppy job. So hopefully this doesn’t have mean I’ll be going too slow.
All this being said, my main task for the next four days I have left until I go out of town is going to be writing these three chapters and doing a lot of work world-building. I have a rough idea of the world and the magic, I haven’t done a great job of naming or strictly defining anything so I’ll need to work on that over the next few days as well.
It has always been a dream of mine to become a traditionally published author one day. I don’t know how close I’ll be to finishing this novel by the end of the month, but it has been my year-long goal finish it by the end of December. I am, of course, also hoping to meet my goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month.
I am also hoping to be able to share my writing with you all, my dear blog readers, as soon as I can. I imagine I would like to publish the first few chapters of my novel on Wattpad when they’re as close to done as I can imagine them being. I don’t think I can promise that will be this month or the next, but I do see it happening this fall if all continues to go well on my end.
According to my story stats on the Camp NaNo website, I need to write 2,479 words everyday to meet my 50,000 word goal for the month. But my personal goal is be all caught up with where I should be by Sunday night, because I’m going to be on vacation from Monday–Friday next week and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to write, but I do know I don’t want this whole thing to come to a screeching halt.
I’m hoping to do more regular updates on my writing progress for the rest of the month, not necessarily every Wednesday but whenever I feel inspired or have had a particularly good writing spree. I am thinking I’ll probably have another post up as soon as I’ve written the three chapters I was talking about above or Sunday; whichever comes soonest!