Five Year Writing Goal
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.
First step: write the first draft.
This is my monthly recap on how I’m doing.
The Reluctant Scribe
On the 27th July I sat down to write a historical novel set in the Tang Dynasty.
The words flew onto the page and now, three months later, I have written 82,000 words and the first draft is almost complete. What an achievement!
I’ve described why I abandoned my previous novel in this blog post: Why I abandoned my novel. Admitting I had failed was difficult, but I decided to learn from my mistakes and I wrote about my analysis of the problems in another post: Learning from Mistakes
Trying a different approach
Determined to be successful this time, I approached my new novel differently. Here is a brief summary of the major changes:
- Switching genre: from sci-fi to historic fiction, after discovering that I actually like writing within constraints.
- Writing the final chapter first: so that I know where I’m supposed to be heading from the start.
- Sticking to one POV: to banish my own annoying voice and to keep from head-hopping.
- Multiple doc files: to reduce scrolling and to make editing easier.
Have these changes made a difference?
Yes, yes, yes and yes. I’ve have been thrilled and excited by my own story as it unfolds. But I’ve discovered a new problem. With two more chapters to complete – I find I am slowing down. In fact, I haven’t added to the novel’s word-count for 3 days. Why is this? Am I trying to deliberately sabotage my own goals?
No. I think it’s because I don’t want the story to end!