I know that writing a novel is definitely not about numbers. It’s far more than that, but I’m secretly doing a happy dance right now.
I have picked up many hobbies including drawing, painting, crafting and many more. Nothing however that I’ve quite stuck to for a full year. I usually get bored after a while and give up for a bit. Well my achievement is that I have been writing for approximately 9 months. I am also 1,602 words away from 40,000 words in my novel. I didn’t even think I’d get to 10,000 let alone 40,000 so I’m stoked.
I know I still have a long journey to go. I am well on my way to the goal of getting my first draft done by the end of 2011.
I would like to thank Lisa Flaus for believing and ‘nanna nagging’ (as she calls it) to continue on with this novel. She’s currently sick so all my thoughts are with her to get better soon!
So as it has been previously stated I am currently in the process of drafting out my first novel. One of the hardest things in the past month has been rising above my self doubt.
Now that I have plotted out my story it seems that the excitement of it all has settled and my brain has kicked into overdrive with my condescending thoughts. Criticising everything I do and once that happens procrastination steps in. My brain then says, “I don’t want to work on something that is horrible”. As someone who has a high standard for everything I do I find it very hard to be motivated to do something sub optimal.
So I have a few tips for other writers who are in the same pool of depression.
- Have a writing buddy – someone who will support you, who is there is provide you honest feedback. There is nothing worse than someone blowing smoke up your bum and telling you your story is awesome if it isn’t. Your buddy is also there is motivate you through times of hardship. It is a two way street though, you need to help support your buddy when they need help and guidance. My main writer buddy is Lisa of course.
- Have a break – there is nothing like a break. It clears the mind and makes everything seem so much easier. After a good rest you wonder why your barriers or issues were so hard to start with. If you don’t you will instead be stressing over trying to make a storyline flow and/or ideas. Less stress, more calm and collective story making ideas. 🙂
- Engage in the community – if you’re having a problem or get stumped, join a friendly community of your peers. They have all been there and done that. They know the pain you’re going through. Having gone through the same problems they will have suggestions to help you out and to try. There is also nothing like a group of peers to offer a different perspective. Something you never thought to have tried but makes perfect sense now. As a writer you may sometimes feel alone. We will deal with secret plot lines, but there are still basic processes and guidelines behind how to write or deal with these that we can ask for assistant from our friendly members of our communities. A community that I have recently joined by the recommendation of Cat Connor is Backspace. Yes I pay for it but the people are so friendly and helpful. I’m sure there are free options out there you just need to find them. Don’t be afraid to ask your peers on Twitter to see what people recommend.
This should give you a few tips to help get you out of your pit of dispair. Don’t stress, don’t be discouraged. Keep going, you can do it. If you need help or support shout out below. Happy to help.
I thought I would share one of the pictures that I’ve done for my story idea.
As you may or may not know I have had the idea of the story for quite a few years, almost 12. The idea was started by myself and my friend Aralyss. I have her permission to write this shared idea, in fact she can’t wait to read what I’ve done. But before I came up with the idea to write a novel we were originally going to create an animation with this idea.
Over the past 12 years I have collections of pictures that I’ve drawn. I wanted to share one of the images I drew of my main character from my novel Kyra. I won’t give too much away but I’ll share the image with you all. 🙂
Sketch of Kyra:
Coloured image of Kyra:
So I’ve taken about 1.5 week(s) off from writing and spent 2 weeks prior to that procrastinating. That would be most of October. 🙂
I have been preoccupied though…
For those who don’t know New Zealand (where I live) have been hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s a pretty huge deal for New Zealanders as most of us live and breath rugby. The Rugby World Cup happens every four years and takes the top 20 rated teams in the world and they play off to win the William Webb Ellis cup.
The New Zealand team, the All Blacks, actually won on Sunday night. This is very exciting because the last time we won the cup it was 1987, aka a long time ago!
I’m super stoked and so happy that the team won. So much so I was dancing on the main streets of our city centre like the other thousands of people with me 🙂
Below is a picture of the All Blacks with the cup they won.
But now that the Rugby World Cup is over I guess it’s time to get back on track. I’m planning on having my first draft by the end of the year.
The first draft to me will be an outline of the story. I can then go back through and flesh out areas and make the story flow more in the additional drafts/edits.
So I haven’t written anything to do with my novel for more than a month. Life has been hectic, between restructures at work and a busy social life.
My goal is to have a first draft completed by the end of this year. So bearing in mind the end of the year is fast approaching I decided I needed to get my a into gear. Printing out my full story I took a few nights to skim over the entire story. My main concern was looking for major parts that were missing. I didn’t want to worry about grammar, spelling and flow just yet as that will be the entirity of my edit sessions. Two major reasons why I did this. One was to familiarize myself with the story again in detail, second was to find what major gaps I had and highlight them.
Glad I’ve done it, I feel like I have my writing mojo back. I’m engulfed in my story again and ready to take it on again.
Wish me luck!