Over the last three days I’ve managed to pen 3,000 words. For me this is an achievement as I’ve had some major ups and downs while writing my novel and a good day of writing a few weeks ago might be opening it up, reading a bit of it, doing a little editing and then giving up.
So, what changed? Firstly, I’ve had some very good news. I’ve my place at University has been confirmed. I’m very excited of course but oh boy am I relieved. I’d already handed in my notice at work!
After I got this news, I started looking at my novel again.
I’d like to share a few pointers that I’ve picked up from various blogs. There are some really good tips out there and not all of them are for everyone but for me, these worked.
Turn off the word count
As I’m sure we’ve all heard a million times before It’s quality not quantity that matters and to be honest I agree. I was brave and turned off my word count and I found I was pleasantly surprised at how much I’d achieved by the end of the day.
Shorter writing intervals
I limited myself to writing for an hour before taking a break. The breaks weren’t very long but they were enough to help refresh me. There have been a couple of times where I’ve come back and been a little bit lost but a quick re-read helped me on my way again.
It’s not something I’ve really done before. I had a rough outline of the plot and an strong idea of the place, time and history of my sci-fi story but that’s it before I launched myself at it. Before I started on the novel again I made sure to plan it out so I now have a storyboard that is at least 3 chapters ahead of me. I plan to keep it that way and move the storyboard along as I write.
Don’t stress the little things
It’s important to remember that writing is better than not writing. If you sit with a blank page for half an hour because you can’t find the right word to start with just put down anything – put down Woopywapper if it helps. Editing is a lengthy and agonising process so don’t try and do it until you have something on the page! Not only that but it really does help to force yourself to writing sometimes; inspiration isn’t a given thing, you have to find it.
I hope these tips are helpful to others. If you have anything that helps you please add them in the comments below!