"Where does she think she's going, aiming so high?"
"She's practising for the 2012 Fisholympics."
It's day eight and I thought I'd reflect on the last seven days.
Word count: 8925
Time spent writing: 10.25 hours
Time spent on writing-related tasks: 4.75 hours
Time spent thinking about novel: unknown
I'm quite pleased with my progress, considering I only wrote for three days. The other two were spent finishing my plot notes and re-working the first few scenes in act one. On a good day I can achieve 1000 words an hour. When I'm not so sure of my scene objectives that figure drops to around 800 words.
Things I learnt during the last seven days:
- If you want something bad enough, you will do it. You will be at your desk at 8am every morning, or whatever time is better for you, because your novel will not write itself.
- Turn off mobiles and ban the Internet until you have finished your writing session.
- Facebook is just as addictive as blogging.
- Ask your friends and family not to call or disturb you during the hours you are writing.
- It is better to give yourself broad achievable deadlines. Saying I will write scenes one to three in week one is better than saying I will write exactly 2500 words every day.
- There is only so much preparation you can do before starting to write. In the end you just have to just get on with it.
- If you can pick any time to take a work-break, pick the summer. It's warmer.
- I cannot read fiction when I am so heavily involved with writing a novel. I had to stop reading my current book, Blood Red Road, because all I could think about was my own WIP. I've switched to non-fiction, and have already read two books.
Things I learnt about having a broken toe:
- Elevating your foot whilst writing at your desk is impossible.
- You can't hoover, dust, or go grocery shopping. This equals more writing time.
- If you're not getting any exercise, and eating all day, you will put on weight.
So, when was the last time you took a giant leap into the unknown and what did you learn?
Before I go, I want to tell you about a couple of things I discovered on Facebook this week.
Firstly, the fabulous Sheri Larsen set up a support group for writers on Facebook earlier this year. Here's what she said about it in a recent blog post:
We went from 1 member, Moi, on July 1st to 96 as of yesterday!! Many of the writers who joined over the summer used the space to share their current struggles or successes, and almost instantly got some sort of response from one of the other members. It's been a great way to connect and expand the skills of our writing community.
We'd love to have you. You can JOIN HERE!
Go on. You know you want to join!
Secondly, whilst reading the messages in Writer Support 4U I discovered this YouTube video. Take the time to watch it because it is a truthful but hilarious account of writing a novel.