As I work on my novel, there is lots of advice I try to keep in mind, as well as many quotes that inspire me & keep my fingers tap-tap-tapping away. None works quite so well as this though:
My current goal is to write one chapter per day – around 1000 words for an MG novel – come hell or high water. Some days those chapters flow like a raging torrent while other days it’s more akin to a leaky faucet. A couple of days I’ve written nothing only to have a sudden ‘unblocking’ where I’ll write several chapters in one sitting.
The ‘rules’ I’ve been following for the last week:
- Write every day. When in doubt refer to above picture (my desktop background).
- As above, aim for one chapter per day. Each chapter to be roughly 1000 words.
- Do not use the evil Backspace button. No editing. Add in footnotes if needed & keep going.
- Do not re-read before beginning the day’s chapter. Refer to glossary instead as needed.
- Update glossary at the end of each day’s writing session.
- Don’t forget to refer to rule one.
It’s now day eight and I’m about to begin work on chapter eight. I haven’t rigidly kept to this formula but thus far it seems to work pretty well and suit my pace. Perhaps this Work in Progress will, one day, be a little more than just the letters W, I and P. Fingers crossed.