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 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 4 – Making time to write…

I wrote so little today. I would write all day if I could. But there is so much going on and sometimes the only time I can write is when I make time to do it. This was why I wanted to do this writing challenge—finishing my first draft in 100 days. I knew it was something I had to commit to and it would force me to make time to write.

I must admit it’s been tough to write the last couple of days because I keep thinking about my upcoming radiosurgery for my trigeminal neuralgia. It’s not that I’m even nervous about the actual procedure or the recovery time, but I’m just anxious to feel no more pain. Anyway, I won’t bore you with the details.

Back to writing…