I’ve always told myself, “One day, I’m going to write a book.”
Until I decided that day has finally come.
Yes, I’m writing a novel. I publish my updates here to keep myself accountable. 🙂
I always say this is my first novel, but actually, this isn’t the first.
I wrote a novel, or what I thought to be a novel, years ago. It sucked. Totally.
I didn’t know what I was doing.
But I’ve always known I wanted to write stories.
I devoured books on how to write and read blogs hoping to learn the craft of writing. I learned a lot, but nothing teaches you better than actually doing it.
So, I took the courage to finally put into practice what I’ve learned from books, blogs, and courses, and now I’m writing a new novel. The first one I’m hoping to be able to share with family and friends. (Because the very first one totally sucks I don’t even dare open the file.)
Writing a book isn’t easy. This blog keeps me accountable to write. If not for this blog, I’d just say, “I’m going to write my book someday.”
And that day may never come. So if you’re reading this update and cheering me on, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
So now, let’s dig in. Here’s what I’ve accomplished for the month of May:
1. I’m no longer calling it Novel X
In my first novel update, I called this novel, Novel X. That sounds weird but I didn’t want to sweat it because I was still in the plotting stage.
This time, I’ve finished plotting it and wanted to have a better name to call it. “Hidden” is the word that I thought of when I thought about the story. It’s not yet the final title. It’s just what we’re going to call it for now so I won’t have to call it Novel X.
2. I’m done plotting!
I’ve gone through Shaunta Grime’s The Plotting Workshop and it’s great!
I have gone from too many ideas to having a well-structured plot.
Before going through the workshop, I had many novel and plot ideas but something was always off.
The story just won’t stick and I had many questions than answers.
After the workshop, I now have a roadmap for my novel.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a perfect plot, and I still have to figure things out as I write. But at least now I have a structure to follow. And the clarity I gained from the workshop gave me more confidence that I can write this book.
Crossing my fingers I’ll be able to follow through with my plan!
In The Plotting Workshop, Shaunta teaches to use a tri-fold board. But it just wouldn’t work for me.
So I decided to use Trello instead and I loved it. I used to think Trello is just for my VA tasks. I’ve used it to list novel ideas, yes. But I never thought about it as a tool that can help me plot my novel.
I’ll be writing a blog post about how I use Trello to plot my novel in the future.
3. Word count update
Before publishing this post, I’ve written 772 words for my novel.
I know that number is laughable considering my target start date is June 1. But we all start with a blank page, right?
For next month’s novel update, I hope I can report a more decent amount of words!
I’m aiming to write this whole thing until November so that I can edit it by December. Again, fingers crossed!
4. I feel scared!
I mentioned earlier that this is my second attempt to write a novel. Writing a full-length book is not easy.
I’m excited, but also scared. What if I don’t finish it? If that happens, what will I update here? That I got too lazy to write? That maybe I’m not cut out for this?
I have self-doubt and confidence issues. But I’m trying my best to silence the voices in my head that tell me to delay writing.
Over To You
What are you working on right now? How do you deal with self-doubt?