Day 99 – First Draft of My Second Novel…

And so 99 days ago, I gave myself 100 days to finish the first draft of my second novel and on July 5, I succeeded.

When I started this project, I had many doubts. My first novel took a very long time and I wasn’t even certain what story I would write next. I had ideas for my next book but couldn’t figure out which one to go with. Once I finally decided on which one to pursue, I started off strong and faded after just a few chapters. I couldn’t get past a certain point in the story and yet I knew how I wanted the rest of the story to happen. So for a while I was stuck. I took a long break because of a personal illness and when I was slightly better, I took a shot at writing again until I found my story and then I couldn’t stop. And though there were times I doubted myself, I kept on and never gave up. I knew this was my chance to challenge myself despite some bumps on the road.

I wrote my first draft in less than 100 days. I never thought I would say that. It feels good. I realize now that setting a goal and setting a deadline works well for me. It forced me to write and to focus and that was exactly what I needed to reach my goal.

So today, I move on to the next step—editing.

Happy Writing!

Day 93 – The Final Stretch

Happy 4th of July! It’s been weeks since I last blogged. I thought I’d update you guys on how my 2nd book is going. Like I mentioned before, I am giving myself 100 days to finish the first draft of my 2nd book so here we are—day 93. I have exactly a week to finish what I set out to do and I’m really excited about it. I am happy to say that I have been making a lot of progress lately. I already know how I want the story to continue and end. It’s just a matter of getting everything written down, so tonight I will attempt to do just that. I will write as long as I can and see how far I can go with the story.

Wish me luck.

Day 64 – Sample Chapter…

I am forcing myself to write. Is that a bad thing? Some folks have been telling me to relax and not put too much pressure on myself since I’ve been through a lot lately, but I need to reach my goal. I feel if I listened to them, I would automatically fail. I don’t want to fail. I want to write because I have to and I want to. I just have trouble staying up. I’m surprised I’m still writing right now.

For those of you who follow my blog, I’ve decided to add a sample chapter from my first book. Hope you guys check it out.

I have to get back to work before the meds make me drowsy again.

Enjoy the weekend!

Day 62 – Slumber…

Slumber calls me several times a day, tempting me to settle on the couch, on the bed or anywhere I can close my eyes and rest. I’m stuck in this repetitious cycle and have been for the last few weeks. As much it takes me away from my writing, I cannot complain. The cause for my constant desire for sleep is my new prescription. A prescription that has finally given me freedom from pain, which could be temporary, but regardless, it has brought me normalcy, which I craved for more than a year. I can speak, eat and move around without cringing from pain. Pain caused by Trigeminal Neuralgia. The shocks that used to frequently torture me slowly dissipated. Now I’m challenged by this medication’s side effects. I battle with drowsiness and grogginess throughout the day, while I force myself to write and attain my goal of writing my second novel in 100 days. 100 days is fast approaching and the pages appear blank in front of me. Instead the sheets on my bed call me.

Day 45 – “Pause”

I haven’t been able to jot down my thoughts in weeks. I wanted to. I was itching to, but couldn’t. I didn’t fail to, I just couldn’t. I wasn’t well enough and I couldn’t function properly. But let’s skip the sob story and go straight to the good news—I feel better now! So I’m back to writing. I know I’m waaaay behind with my second novel and my goal of completing my first draft in 100 days, but I’m optimistic about catching up or at least trying to.

I made a deal with my creative side a long time ago. The deal was, if it decides to dictate ideas, like plots and dialogues and I am unable to write them down, that I can simply press “pause” and then go back to them when I am able to. This way I don’t entertain the thoughts and I don’t lose any of them.

I am about to press “play”. I hope it still works.

Day 23 – Writing my novel in 100 days: When you’re on a roll, keep writing.

It’s rare when ideas start flowing and you just can’t stop it.

For the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been writing enough to get me going with my story.  I spent a lot of time reading and rereading the first 3 chapters and editing the 3 chapters that came after that. Something didn’t feel right. I was clearly satisfied with the first 3, but the other chapters just fell flat.

And then yesterday happened. I sat down late afternoon, doing the same thing I’ve been doing for days now—reading the first three chapters. Suddenly, new ideas started flowing in. I started to write and I couldn’t stop writing. Things began to make sense. Everything seemed clearer. I ended up rewriting the last few chapters.

Today, I’ve spent most of the day writing and it feels good. It’s been a while since I’ve had a moment of like this, where writing almost feels like I’m reading a good book.  I can’t help but want to keep turning the page.

Day 20 – Writing projects…

I’m making progress. Slowly, but I’m making progress. So far, I’ve got 6 chapters. I wrote 2 chapters since I last blogged, which is better than nothing. I keep changing my mind about certain things, but I’m pushing myself to just keep writing. I find myself editing a lot. I can’t help it. It’s just the way I write. I can’t move on to the next chapter unless I know the other ones worked.

Aside from writing my second novel, I’ve also been working on a personal memoir/essay that I’d like to enter in a competition for Writers Digest. I’ve done a couple of drafts already. I just need to edit it. I’ve got a couple of weeks left before it’s due. That’s all for now…

Day 20 – Writing projects…

I’m making progress. Slowly, but I’m making progress. So far, I’ve got 6 chapters. I wrote 2 chapters since I last blogged, which is better than nothing. I keep changing my mind about certain things, but I’m pushing myself to just keep writing. I find myself editing a lot. I can’t help it. It’s just the way I write. I can’t move on to the next chapter unless I know the other ones worked.

Aside from writing my second novel, I’ve also been working on a personal memoir/essay that I’d like to enter in a competition for Writers Digest. I’ve done a couple of drafts already. I just need to edit it. I’ve got a couple of weeks left before it’s due. That’s all for now…

Day 11 – Getting back to writing

Wow, it’s been 6 days since I last blogged. I would’ve preferred to keep writing but I had my radiosurgery last week. It was an interesting experience. And while the frame was being screwed on to my head (yeah, I’m not kidding), the only thing I could think of was writing my next chapter.

The next day, after my outpatient procedure, I got up at 6 am and went in front of my computer and started writing. I had to. It felt right.

I realized that writing isn’t just something I love to do. It is something I need to do.

 

Day 5 – Chapter 4

Today was quite productive. I wrote a poem in the morning, edited a few things in my book and ended up writing two full chapters. In 5 days, I have written 4 chapters I am pretty pleased about.

I’d love to write more but I’m exhausted. It’s been a long day.