31,100 — an increase of only 1,000 words this week. This is not a huge improvement. However:
- I’m done editing for perspective. I’ve got 16 solid chapters told from 3 points of view.
- I’m revamping the story arc. Things I thought should happen 3 years ago when I drafted this are no longer as relevant. There is some time being spent on research, and some on simple dreaming. “What should she do?” “Where should he go?” This is the most fun part of writing a novel — the magic.
- I’ve got 165 pages. That’s not too shabby.
- I’m using new tools that are fun. For anyone interested in writing a novel, a few things I’d recommend
- 30/30 timer. This came as a suggestion from my friend Susan, also a novelist. This iphone app will let you set certain time goals. It is free. (Also, a kitchen timer works.) Let’s cut to the chase: writing a novel is 90% about keeping your butt in the chair and 10% about inspiration. My goal is 60 minutes of writing (no editing, Internet, etc) first thing in the morning with a pot of French press. It is when my mind is most creative and at its sharpest.
- Scrivener. The best way to organize a novel I’ve found. I love this program.
- Mariner’s Persona. I haven’t yet purchased this, but my super smart friend Kevin recommends it. Something to consider.
There is something other-worldly about finding your writing groove. When you’re in the zone, hours fly by and you don’t need timers or encouragement or expensive apps. And then you get a little too confident, tell yourself you should take a day/week/month away to “brainstorm,” and when your lazy ego finds her way back, it takes forever to return to the rhythm.
I’m getting closer.
Back to it,