So it’s a new year! And just like in 2014, I’ve continued my Novel Writing Journey. My goal for 2015 is a little different than last year’s because I’m not limiting myself to one chapter per month but rather setting out to finish the first (very rough) draft of the novel. I’m afraid of this... Continue Reading →
Novel Writing: Month 11, Chapter 11 – Disappointment
November was a month of disappointments. I’m still not finished with Chapter 11. In fact, for the majority of November I didn’t even write very much! (So much for “Let’s write every day in November!” Ha!) I wrote a half-page the first week of November. And managed another full page somewhere in the sparing times... Continue Reading →
Finding My “Drive” to Write: Novel Writing Month 10, Chapter 10
Month ten!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! I didn’t finish. I know! Tragedy! Disaster! Horror! Failure! But by the time I wrote this blog I had finished. It took me two extras days of writing, but it is done! And I think it turned out to be a pretty decent chapter. I’m still kind of stuck in this... Continue Reading →
Novel Writing: Month 9, Chapter 9 – Does Having An Outline Help?
BAM!!! Another month done! If you remember from last month’s blog post, my goal for September was to write a little in my novel every day. And now, you’re probably wondering if I accomplished this goal? Well… Yes! And…no. I started off really well. September 1st was Labor Day and filled with family fun... Continue Reading →
Is Writing Every Day Beneficial? (Novel Writing: Month 8, Chapter 8)
Well, writing chapter eight for my novel didn’t exactly go as planned. Or even as hoped. Although again I did finish! (Hallelujah!) It’s just that I’m finding it hard to devote as much time as I want to writing. I imagine this is the problem that most amateur writers have. Writing takes creativity. And... Continue Reading →
On Dealing With Writer’s Block (Novel Writing: Month 7, Chapter 7)
July was a harder month to write in than I expected. I don’t know if the process is just getting stagnant and monotonous or if I was simply busier this month and therefore couldn’t devote as much time to writing. I did finish the chapter though! Even if for a little while I thought... Continue Reading →
DON’T STOP NOW! (Novel Writing: Month 6, Chapter 6)
Well June flew by pretty quickly! I’m realizing that I have the most typed portion of this book ever at this point, and how do I react to it? I want to go back and rewrite it all again! I know I’m supposed to be making a dedicated effort to just WRITE, but it’s... Continue Reading →
Why Is It So Important to Make a Life Plan?
I remember working on a scholarship application in college that asked me to outline my life plan. Where would I be in five years? Ten years? Fifteen years? It was so insulting to me to have to explain to some stranger how I imagine my whole life playing out. At the time I was... Continue Reading →