I started writing Diana (working title) around October of last year. It started as a short story and bloomed in to a novel. Not quite a novel. More like a novel in progress.
40 000 Words To Go
After seven months in the cooker, one would assume that a first draft, second and third draft are complete. One would be wrong. I wrote about twenty thousand words. Another forty thousand to go. The numbers don’t scare me. I have my story in my head. All I need to do is write out of my head and in to Word. Sounds easy. It’s not.
The Problem (a.k.a. The Excuses)
There are so many distractions. E-mail. Blogs to read. Blogs to write. Sites to check out. Tweets. Facebook. Goodreads. The list goes on. The real problem is a lack structure. I get up every morning around eight and spend time with my daughter until I leave for work in the afternoon. I got a Blackberry a few months ago so I could keep up with the social media and e-mails on the go. I get home at night and plunk myself down at my computer and work til about two, sometimes much later.
I’m not lazy, but I am a little disorganized. Or should I say, I lack some commitment to my project. So I decided to use a different approach. I picked up 90 Days To Your Novel by Sarah Domet. The book includes ninety daily assignments, which take about three hours to complete. By the end of the three months, I should have a completed first draft.
In case you’re wondering, I’m on day ten. I will keep you posted on my progress.
What are some of your writing challenges? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment.