One Week On

I have a rough plan for my novel so I know where I should be heading. But I’m finding it hard not being able to workshop my new material. No workshops. No tutorials to help me out. What once seemed like a horror – having others scrutinize my work in progress – now seems like a luxury as I face the remaining wordcount on my own.

This week I’ve learnt three things:

  1. Making the adjustment to working alone is hard.
  2. Having a target helps.
  3. Most of what I write is crap.

Oh, and one more thing. I learnt that when going to an exercise class for the first time in months, if I’m not careful I will end up with muscles so tender and swollen I can’t physically get a mug of tea to my mouth or a cork out of a bottle of wine. Although I can still type.  Lucky me.

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8 Responses to One Week On

  1. Hey Claudia, sounds like an excellent start. Btw do ignore my well meaning advice re the PopEye arms. I missed a tweet and thought you’d strained your arms due to all that computer use – did not realise an exercise class set it off! Anyway keep up the good work and have fun…

  2. Marina Sofia says:

    Sounds painful – both the exercise class (and its consequences: am in the same boat myself after a summer of laziness) and the floating about without a rudder. Happy readjustment and please continue to share your work with us!

  3. claudia says:

    Thanks guys. Only managed 500 words yesterday so it’s head down today.

  4. Abbey B says:

    It amazes me how well disciplined you and most writers are. I often sit down, think out a page or two, then go back and correct it until it’s too much to handle. Then the story lays unfinished for weeks until I can figure out how to move on. Do you ever have that urge, and if so, what do you do to fight it?

  5. claudia says:

    That’s precisely why I’ve given myself a word count target Abbey. Otherwise I’m liable to spend far too long on a small section, which may well need changing anyway when I’ve written the rest. I don’t produce work of high quality this way, but I do produce. The thing for me is to get the story down and refine the writing after. I know not everybody works that way, but that’s how I fight it.

  6. Abbey B says:

    Thanks so much Claudia! I’ve been working on an outline for national writing month, and now it’s just a matter of days before I have to tackle it. I’m also reading books that are well written in hopes that I can write without too much editing. I will definitely try the word counting, and see where it takes me. 🙂

  7. Shona Patel says:

    Congratulations for getting started. That is the hardest part. Nanowrimo gave me the kickstart for my first novel. It took me another two years to polish and complete. Writing a novel is by the most painfult thing I have ever done but also the most rewarding. Sending you good thoughts… Shona

  8. claudia says:

    It’s funny to talk about writing a novel as ‘painful,’ but it really is so much harder than it sounds! Nanowrimo must be an absolute killer as I’m finding 5k a week tough enough, but sticking to it… just.

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