It’s now Wednesday, and I’m more than a third of the way into my #novelinaweek.
This is often the point at which I falter when writing a novel. The story has been set up, the characters have been introduced, and the protagonist has to start reacting to events. She’s not being proactive yet – that happens after the midway turning point, but she does have to do stuff. Sitting around waiting for the crime to get solved just won’t do.
I won’t share what’s happened in the novel so far (that would spoil it) but I will share the fact that this fast writing process turns out to be a BIG help when it comes to breaking through that 30k word barrier.
With the last book I wrote (the sequel to A House Divided – writing and publication are a long way from being close to each other), I found that I paused for a week at the 30k stage. I just got stuck. This was even though I’d plotted it meticulously, using my story planning notebook.
But I just couldn’t break through. Eventually after a week I forced myself to get butt into chair and just write.
And you know what? It wasn’t difficult. Just sitting down was the hardest part, and I picked up pace straight away. I even enjoyed it.
The greatest thing about this challenge I’m doing this week (I’m starting to think I’m insane) is that it forces me to power through those blocks. If I stop, I’ll fail. And if I stop, everyone following my progress will know about it. I can’t afford to take even a day off, much less a week, so I just keep going.
And it’s working too. I recommend it!
If you want to follow my #novelinaweek progress, here are some links:
- My progress page on this blog, where I’ll be updating my daily word count spreadsheet each day.
- My rationale for doing this crazy novel in a week thing.
- My Pinterest board with ideas and inspiration for aspects of the book.
- The #novelinaweek hashtag
- My Facebook Page, where I’ll be posting updates and (if I find time) maybe the occasional video showing me working hard.
- Yesterday’s post on creating locations.
- Monday’s post on my book’s characters.
- Sunday’s post – where and when I’m most productive.
- Saturday’s post – let writing commence!