I am trying to write a book (very trying as a teacher of mine once said). I've got a vague plot, I've got characters, I've got more than 50,000 words, but what I haven't got is on with it!
I took part in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, and got a lot done, but not enough. I was glad to get a lot done, but relieved to have a break from it at the end. Writing a book it turns out is hard work, and it takes ages. But do you know what? I've just got to get on with it, so I am declaring my goal here:
I am going to finish the first draft of my book by the end of the summer holidays.
That might seem like a long time to you but I've got an awful lot of other stuff to do, and this is a very big book (probably - or it might be two books, it's not sure).
How am I going to achieve my goal?
- I am going to set aside 1 hour for writing it two days a week. I know it's only two hours a week, but doing an hour a day as I did for NaNoWriMo meant I didn't get any social life, and my house was a tip. I can't do that much again. Not while my time is so sparse. To make sure I do this I've just put it into my Google calendar in RED. And then rescheduled the first hour. Sigh.
- I am going to shame myself into action by sharing my story stats on here. Not that you're likely to be interested, but it will help me. A bit like getting stickers at Slimming World.
- I am going to avoid other distractions. Like entering writing competitions (unless they're totally interesting, maybe, but I'll still have to do my time, and I promise not to look for them), and indeed, like blogging. I love blogging, but the baby must come first. Then I'll blog about the baby.
So let's start this thing...
The book challenge
Words at 12/2/14 - 52,653 (starting point for challenge)
Where I'm at in First Draft - part way through Chapter 9
What I did last - transcribed some interviews to help with dialogue.