I can’t believe I’m one month into writing my novel!
Although I still have a long way to go, I feel proud I made this decision. It’s not easy. Over the past month, I’ve contemplated on whether I chose the right story to write. I also constantly doubt myself if I really can do this. But I am pushing through!
I want to keep going until I finish writing this story.
As of today, I’ve written 19,246 words. This number is small compared to other writers, I know. But to me, this is a huge improvement. I haven’t written fiction for the past two (or three?) years but now I was able to write this much for a month. Just goes to show I can produce words as long as I set my mind to it.
By the way, these 19,246 words are not 100% going to the final draft. I still have to edit and revise for sure. Based on my calculations, I may need to write ~70,000 words to finish the first draft. But in all honesty, this is all an experiment and most of this I’m just winging. 🙂 So not exactly sure if I really need 70,000 words or much less.
But I do have a target date to finish this.
I feel like I am going to regret disclosing the target date. But there is no turning back so I might as well write it here to keep myself accountable.
In my previous novel updates, I didn’t mention my timeline for writing this novel. Let’s face it. It usually takes a year (or years) for a writer to finish a single novel.
But I wanted to experiment and see if I can write this in 100 days. It’s a big scary goal.
I started this project on the first of June. If I am giving myself 100 days to write, that means I should be finished by September 8, 2018. After that, I’ll have to edit and revise. I’ll need to look for an editor but that’s something I can do later on.
If I can polish this book by December, then that would be a sweet treat before 2019 starts. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. For now, I’m just focusing on finishing my manuscript first.
I originally scheduled 5 am as my writing time. But I ended up writing during night time after putting the baby to sleep and after finishing my other tasks. That means I usually write at 10 pm.
This is where I’m trying to find the perfect writing schedule that suits me. I don’t like staying up late but I ended up doing so because I was writing. There were times when I slept at 12 in the morning! It’s also not helping that I am a slow writer. I noticed that I can only produce around 1,500 words for 2 hours of writing time. So if I started at 10 pm, I’m done by midnight.
And that resulted in me being sleepy the next day and couldn’t function well.
I also missed some writing days because I was too tired and sleepy because I only had a few hours of sleep the night before.
Obviously, this is my biggest challenge right now. Hopefully in my next update next month, I’ll be reporting a healthier writing schedule.
If you’ve read my post about plotting, I mentioned that I divided my story into eight sequences. At this point, I’m done writing the first sequence and am about to finish writing the second one at the end of this week. Crossing my fingers I can write more words every day!
When I first thought of this story idea, I fell in love with it. But when I started writing, a lot of times I thought this was crap. (And maybe it is.) I often think I’m not good enough to write this story. In fact, a couple of days ago, I thought of scraping this idea of writing a novel.
I feel like I am wasting my time writing a novel I’m not even sure I can mold the way I imagined it.
Having to deal with self-doubt is not easy. But that’s part of the creative process.
I have to always remind myself that hey, this is my first novel. After I finish writing this, I’m sure I’ve learned a ton about storytelling.
My dream is that one day, I’d be able to hold this book in my own hands and say, “This is my story. I wrote this.”
So until that day. I’ll continue to strive and persevere until I finish writing this book.