Novel Update – 20,000 Words

20,285 to be precise. That’s what I hit this morning after 40 minutes on the computer getting my words done for the day.

I should be feeling really happy about this. Reaching 10,000 words was great. But here, at 20,000… all I can think of is:

Is there really any point to this story?

Yup, I’m wondering if everything I’ve written isn’t, in fact, total rubbish. Ha! Old habits die hard 🙂 And I’m also wondering… what’s the point of this… will it matter to me if no one else ever reads it? I don’t really know. I love to write, so possibly not, but it’d be nice to share. Sigh. Well, what else can I do at this point, but write some more?

Onwards.

August Writing Summary

I’ve never been good at regular writing. I tend to write in sporadic bursts and then have long gaps between them. However, I’ve read so much about the importance of regular writing, and I have to admit that it’s key to finally getting a novel finished, so I’ve been making an effort to write more frequently (rather than doing thousands of words over a few days and then nothing for months).

I’ve already mentioned a website I’m using called 750words.com, which has been great for my motivation. I’ve written at least 750 words, every day, for 15 days in a row. So, I thought I’d post a monthly writing summary of my word count and how the month went. Here’s August:

Word counts:
18.08.15     2530
19.08.15     1185
20.08.15     1016
21.08.15     2089
22.08.15     1085
23.08.15     1068
24.08.15     1257
25.08.15     1143
26.08.15     768
27.08.15     758
28.08.15     806
29.08.15    977
30.08.15     763
31.08.15     854

You can see that my count has come down after the first flush of enthusiasm. I’ve also had less time over the last week to write, which makes a difference. However, what has been eye-opening is that on the days when I have had no inclination at all to write anything, days when I would normally have avoided writing because I didn’t think I had the right ‘spark’ necessary for generating decent work, I’ve still managed to reach the minimum word count.

And I’m really pleased with that – it means that my novel has steadily grown and the story has gradually unfolded, even if on some of those days it’s really been just a case of chucking anything down to make sure I’ve met my goal. When I return for editing it will be interesting to see if there is a marked difference in quality between days.

Overall, my progress now stands at 18,311 words, which I’m really pleased with, as I’m (ambitiously!) aiming to enter the first 5,000 words in the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, which closes on 21st September.

10,000 Words

I hit 10,000 words of my novel today. 10,237 to be precise.

Hurrah!

The way I’m writing at the moment is forward-only. I haven’t edited anything, and I don’t plan to. I just get my head down and write the next instalment – most of which I’m not even sure about until it appears on the page. I want to carry on this way and leave the editing until later – I think I’m better at editing/improving than raw writing anyway, so it’ll be a more enjoyable job.

10,000 words! How exciting 🙂

750 Words

I’ve started using the 750words.com website to help me stick to a regular writing schedule. I’m 9,000 words down on the novel that I’ve wanted to write since the beginning of this year. I’ve managed a four day streak so far. I’ve been writing in the evening, but I’ve found that I get agitated as the day goes on that I haven’t ‘done my words’ (I’ve always been a morning person), so I might experiment with getting up and writing them at around 6am, before everyone else is awake.

Writing Again

I’m writing again!

I’d been thinking about it seriously for a few weeks.

Since last year, when I was churning out quite a lot of flash fiction, I’ve had a lull – maybe it was a confidence thing. I had a couple of pieces published towards the end of 2014 – and it was the first time I’d ever shown anyone my work. It was a little scary. What if I couldn’t ever write anything good again?

So I became distracted by other projects, and I also got pregnant (!). However, since then, I’ve had a major clearing out of projects and to-dos. It was primarily to make sure I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with stuff once this new baby arrives (I’m due at the end of November), but as is often the case with a good declutter, once I’d made space in my life, I found there was one thing I kept thinking about filling it with again. The one thing I always come back to.

Writing.

So that novel I intended to write at the beginning of the year, and my resolution to write 50,000 words of it, might just be on the cards after all.