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……
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!