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.

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…

 

Day 3 – An incomplete outline…

It’s really late. I haven’t written much today.  Been busy doing chores and catching up with sleep.

I wrote a little in the afternoon. I wasn’t satisfied with the results. It felt like I was just writing to write with no real direction. So I went back and looked through my old files and came across an incomplete outline I wrote a year ago. It only covered chapters 1 through 8, but it was enough to get me back on track with my story.

I’ve mentioned before that it took me a while to finish my first book because I was distracted and I didn’t set a deadline. But now I wonder, could it also be because I didn’t have an outline?

An outline never crossed my mind when I wrote my first novel. I simply typed as ideas flowed. I knew how I wanted the story to begin, the conflict and the resolution, but that was all I had. The rest of the story created itself as I wrote. It was exciting that way. I surprised myself. But now that I’m writing my second book and have a set deadline, it feels appropriate to have an outline. A guide. A map. Something to keep me focused and organized.

I’m beginning to think outlines and deadlines have to go together. But does having no deadline necessarily mean you don’t need an outline? I guess it all depends.

I think I will spend the rest of the night completing my incomplete outline. I hope following one will not make it less exciting to write. I hope to still surprise myself in the process.

What about you? Do you believe in outlines?

Day 1b – Writing my next novel in 100 days…

Day 1 is about to end and I’m still trying to write as much as I can. Before it goes into day 2, I wanted to blog about what I have so far.

While making lunch today, I had all these thoughts about how I wanted the first chapter to begin. I didn’t jot anything down, so by the time I started writing, which was not until 6 pm, things were a bit scattered. I was able to squeeze in about 700 words right before dinner. I haven’t had a chance to edit anything yet, but I really need to. There are quite a few things I need to revisit.

Today felt a bit like rushed writing. Hope to squeeze in more time tomorrow so I can carefully craft the story.

Despite the mess, I’m glad I started writing.