Creative Journey: Chapter 1 Draft 1 is Done!

Creative Journal #4 Chapter 1 wasn’t so bad

As the title of the post and the sub title spoil, Chapter 1 is now done. 1800 words later, I think we are off to a good start. I have a question for you…….do you want to read this as we go along? I mean……it’s an unedited rough draft but I believe in sharing what you’re making as you make it and I would be re-missed if I didn’t at least ask if you were interested in getting “early access”. Leave a comment if you’d want to see chapters as part of these posts, or as their own posts?

What I’ve learned so far……

  1. Getting 1000 words into a story is a lot easier than I was expecting. My goal was to hit 1200-1300 words per chapter and I got to 1800 with ease.
  2. I’ve had to learn how to make notes as I go and be okay with coming back later. In prep for starting this project, I was reading Scott King’s “How to Write a Novel in 5 Days” and the excerpts he was sharing, there were some notes where he would come back to the details later. I totally get that even after < 2000 words. There are times when the next 4 or 5 steps are clear to me, I need to get them down on the page. I can’t get bogged down by the details.
  3. Along with getting bogged down by the details, write now, edit later. I’m not good at proofreading nor am I good at writing cleanly, I’m too lazy to care about that as I go….BUT……I found myself going back in the text (when I was mentally wandering) and I would start to edit. I had to tell myself, if I am in a space to write words on paper, write new words and don’t bother with the old stuff. I’m going to have to go back later regardless…..deal with it then.
  4. This is fun

I think this is most important lesson. I’m actually enjoying this now that I’m in the writing process. I have no idea if it is any good and I still don’t know yet if I care for it to be any good. Right now, the audience for this consists of me and you. I have not selling, marketing, outreach goals so I am doing this from a care free state of mind. I hope it stays like this as long as I am writing.

What I need to be careful of is letting this be the only thing I am doing in my free time. Today was special as it was a holiday so I let myself spend most of the day writing. Confession: when I say “all day” I had the file open and when I was at the computer, it was the main thing I wanted to work on but I did play some video gates (Heros of the Storm) and had YouTube running on my other monitor. I was plenty distracted but this is the way I creatively work.

Being that I can write one chapter in the course of 2-3 hours a day. I think I can get the first draft done by the end of August……IF……I make this a regular task and I get some extra writing in on the weekends. We shall see 🙂

Thanks again for reading through this. Let me know you feel about reading the story as we go along. Have a great rest of your week and see you next time!

6 thoughts on “Creative Journey: Chapter 1 Draft 1 is Done!

    • I need to start adding more of my insights in as I go along. I’ve been writing and then getting a blog out the same day at the end of the night. I think I will start adding more of that in. Especially as a new writer, I should probably get that sort of thing down as much as possible now.

  • You describe a number of good writing practices. In particular, just writing and not trying to edit too much as you go along, then, putting it away for a while, and coming back to it for a critical read/edit.

    • I’m hoping that board game design practices I’ve picked up will carry over to the writing side. I don’t know, at this point, what would be super applicable but I’m sure I will figure that out as I go. It feels like the creative process, regardless of the medium as some “standard practices” which make for success. It doesn’t speak to level of success but success none the less.

    • Excellent! And thank you for being along for the ride. The goal is to get 4 chapters done before the end of the weekend so we will see what we have to share in the next 3 days.

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