Man is has BEEN A MINUTE!
I uploaded my first two parts of my writing updates in September, just a few days apart. Mostly, that was because while I had started writing my novel in May 2016, I didn’t think to write blog post updates about it until I had really gotten into the writing process. Therefore, both posts were written in a span of a couple of days.
It was like I dropped off the face of the writing earth. That doesn’t make sense – because I’m just word vomiting, as I suggest one should do when one is writing the first draft of their novel. So I’m in word vomit mode. Apologies.
I wrote into about October. Somewhere near early October, I stopped. I went through some really hard family issues, and my entire online/bookish community presence faltered. I stopped posting to Instagram the way I wanted to, and I stopped posting here as much as I wanted, and I stopped writing completely.
In proper cliche fashion, I decided to try and get my life in order with the start of the new year. For 2017, I planned to get into a reading groove, a reviewing groove, a posting to Instagram groove.
And then I got sick. For like, two weeks. It is now almost the end of January and I am just now getting my shit together.
One thing that has really helped to motivate me to get back into writing is this cool thing that I learned about called Don’t Break the Chain. And it’s something so simple, built on such a simplistic concept: Do the one thing that you want to do more consistently, every day. It doesn’t have to be major progress/time spent, but just do it for at least five minutes every day so that you can cross it off every day. And the idea is to never skip a day – don’t break the chain.
I’m currently on Day 5 of my personal challenge, and while that doesn’t seem like a lot, I wrote 3,000 words last night and so naturally I’m feeling over-confident and cocky.
And I just felt like updating you all on here. And to journal this progress for my own self so that I can look back to it in the future and re-live this writing process.
In terms of progress that I’ve made, when I wrote Part 2, I was around the 315-page mark, and had just hit the mid-point of my story. I’m now at about 363 pages, and I’m slowly moving into the Second Act of my book! I’ve surpassed the mid-point, and I think I’m ready to move into the last part of my book. In terms of word count, I’m at about 118,000 words.
But if you’ve read Part 2, you’ll also know that I’ve written this entire book, without chapters, and only from one character’s point of view. When it’s supposed to be a multi-POV story.
So, to be honest, I’m not sure that I can actually, properly call the first draft (when I finish it) the true first draft of my book. While, yes, it will be the first time I have written the story from start to finish (mostly) there’s still a lot that needs to be in the book that isn’t there yet.
Basically, I write too much. (Is it a bit obvious? My posts are always so ramble-y lol).
So yeah. I just wanted to write another update post because I’m finally getting back into this writing process, and it’s been such a long time since I’ve been here and I needed a little celebratory update post.
Anyway, thank you so much for reading this post! I know it’s a bit abnormal, but it means a lot that people might be interested in my writing process. 🙂