I made a promise to myself to write more fiction this year. It was why I made a commitment to do the 100K in 100 days challenge. This means writing 1000 words a day every day for 100 days. It shouldn’t be that much of a big deal really. This is what counts towards your 1000 words:
– Short stories
– Creative non-fiction
– Notes for any creative piece
– Blog posts
The trouble is this challenge started on New Year’s Day and with the children only just going back to school on Tuesday, I have had a slow start.
Most of my writing this week has been notes based. I am re-working my first manuscript after discussing it with an editor. I was reluctant at first because just the thought of going back to the drawing board with something you have been working on for a long time feels like failure in many ways. But I had to face up to the fact that it wasn’t quite right and that I want to be a better writer and so if this is what it takes to make me better, then I will have to suck it up and get on with it.
The new plan has the same characters as before and the essence of the story is still the same, however, the mechanics are very different. I have spent this week working out exactly how I need to tell this story and I think I have worked it out. The problem I am having now is starting the writing process. Something is stopping me – most likely the fear that I will get it wrong again. Either that or it’s the knowledge that there is a long road ahead. Talk about one-step forward and two steps back – that’s what this novel writing process feels like sometimes. I don’t want to give up though. I can’t do that to myself.
As soon as I start it, I know I will be fine, but until then, my 1000 words a day is going to consist of lots of different types of writing. This blog post for one (does it count if you write about writing 1000 words a day?), articles I am working on and lots and lots of notes, scenes and chapter breakdowns for the novel. I think the lesson I am learning through all of this is to keep writing in order to make it through the difficult periods. It feels a bit like getting back in to an exercise routine after stuffing yourself full of turkey and chocolate during the festive period. The first few weeks back are an absolute killer, but after a while things settle down and before you know it, you are in full swing again. Let’s hope so.
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