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A month ago, I decided to blog about the lessons and realizations I have about writing.
This week I had the idea of blogging about my novel writing pursuit. This way, you get to see the behind the scenes of how I write.
I’ve thought hard about doing this.
What if I don’t get to finish my novel?
What if I procrastinate to write, what will I report on my blog?
I realized these questions can give me more push in writing. I wanted to blog to keep myself accountable, right?
So if I don’t want to report a zero progress, I’ll have to work my ass off and write that damn thing already.
So, here it is.
The no-sugar-coating reality of writing my first novel.
How I’m doing with the plot of my novel
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to plot my novel. Actually, there are a lot of story ideas swirling in my head. But I can’t nail their plots.
Finally, I decided to come up with another idea, something simpler. Something I can start with as a first-time novel writer.
Thank God, I was able to come up with a new one.
I’m not going to say this idea is any good! But I’m satisfied with it right now so let’s just roll with it.
Let’s call it Novel X.
At first, I was excited about the story. But as I dug deeper, I couldn’t get myself to write because there were loopholes in the story. I know, I had the same feelings with my other story ideas. Feelings that stalled my writing for months or even years.
So I already decided that even if the story isn’t yet whole, I’m just going to start writing and see where it leads me.
So I did wrote one chapter.
But in my mind, I still wasn’t happy with the story plot. Something is missing. I stopped writing for a few days and brainstormed more ideas, asked myself more what if’s, and finally came with a story plot I’m happy with right now.
I’m saying I’m happy with it right now, but that may change over the next couple of months, depends on how the story will unfold.
It’s not perfect, but I already covered the basics so I have a lot of material I can work on.
What stage of writing I’m at
I’m not deleting the chapter I previously wrote. I’m only going to copy the whole text and transfer it in a folder inside my story binder in Scrivener. This way, I can go back to it later on just in case I need some information or inspiration.
What is my writing routine
I wish I can report to you that hey, I’ve made a lot of progress and have written a lot of chapters. I wish I can tell you I regularly wake up at five in the morning just to write.
The truth is, I have just completed my very raw outline and just starting to write.
Shame on me, I know.
But bear with me and I’ll do the best I can to write more.
Facebook is a time suck. I admit I have a phone and Facebook addiction.
So I decided to just deactivate it for the meantime while I try to write.
I know I can just uninstall it on my phone.
But deactivating it gives me more psychological assurance.
My Facebook is set to re-activate in seven days. This is I can see my progress in a week without Facebook.
And also to give me more reason to even try harder to write. Because now I have one less distraction. No more excuses!
So that’s my update for the month of April.
I’m still deciding if I write novel updates bi-monthly or monthly. What do you think?