I’m a creative of old. Heck, we all are, we writers – aren’t we? But when I say creative, I actually mean I’m pretty good with my hands – crafting, hobbies, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, drawing, painting, modeling, digital design – you name it, I’m reasonably good at it, and can suck myself into doing it without any push.
It’s not a good thing when you’re supposed to be working on your novel’s first draft, however.
The plans for this week were simple – write some more on the WIP.
Over the first couple of days, I failed at it. I think I now know why (phew, tongue-twister) – it’s to do with lack of outlining – I raced into the writing in November, thinking I might just be able to call myself a winner by the end of NaNoWriMo (although I always said I wouldn’t be doing WriMo this year). I simply didn’t give myself the time to outline. So I had scene plans for the first few chapters, and of course – knew where everything would roughly end up, but coming up to the middle section – the hardest – and my motivation has dropped.
On Wednesday 30th, it being the last day of NaNoWriMo and all, my guilt (a useful tool sometimes) got the best of me, and I semi-made up for my lack of writing earlier on. I added 4287 words to my WIP. Not exactly par for the week – I have another 6000 to go for the week’s target now. Twitter was full of writers celebrating their NaNoWriMo wins. Their success spirred me on a little.
So – here’s what I have done over the last few days towards my ROW80 goals –
- I appear to have redesigned this, my writing blog (which feeds into the author’s platform at HunterEmkay.com) by transferring it over from a Tumblr blog onto a platform I have more control over. Yep, enjoy designing webpages too much.
- I’ve written three more blog posts for HunterEmkay.com, including a book review on a thriller I’ve lately read.
- I’ve designed up a mock book cover for my WIP. (like it?)
- I’ve started reading a writer’s craft book on outlining.
- I’ve read up on indie publishing requirements and further researched into what it might take to find my own readers for my fiction. I got disheartened by this a little, because many people suggested giving away whole books as samples to draw in readers. But I took the idea on board and –
- Came up with a prequel idea for a novella in the same series as my WIP which would – in the future – fit the bill for a free giveaway etc.
- Got annoyed in Twitter when all the people who have returned my ‘follows’ this week (I follow them because I’m interested in their thoughts and tweets) have auto-followed me back with a standard message selling me all their fiction. Seriously – how about getting to know me first?
- Added 4000 words to my WIP.
- Got the Christmas tree and decorations out. Hey, here in Australia they start decorating really early.
- Worked out that I’m 17 hours ahead in timing for the ROW80 checkins. Giving me a whole day to make up for a slight lack of WIP work. *Grins*
It’s not all bad.
Putting myself into the design mode of creating my mock book cover allowed me the space and a day’s work time to think through some of the problems in my WIP which are stopping me from moving on.
The book I’m currently reading – Outlining Your Novel -by K.M.Weiland – has reminded me that I have never been a pantser, and previously always plotted for several months before embarking on the actual draft. I may not use her method, but reading the book has brought me back to ways I know I can work with to alter the course of procrastination currently affecting my WIP, Suburban Death.