This summer, I will write a novel.
If I’d set myself that goal one year ago, I would have laughed in my own face. Write an entire novel? In one summer? Are you crazy?
No, but I’m confident. The story has been forming in my mind for the last few weeks, patiently unravelling. Now it’s ready.
Three months is all the time it should take to write a novel. I’ve mentioned Stephen King’s On Writing before on this blog, and here I go again – King says that a novel should be written at pace over a single season so that the characters remain fresh and the story doesn’t start to lose enthusiasm. I’m not talking about a fully fledged, ‘send it to the publisher – I’m done!’, kind of novel here. No, I mean an early, early, first draft. Energy disappears when you spend time trailing backwards and forwards over early chapters, editing and re-editing and wondering whether your opening paragraphs are exactly right, when really what you should be worrying about is how you’re going to lead your characters to the end.
So, here we go:
This summer, I will write a novel. Every day, beginning on 1st May 2015, I will write a minimum of 1,000 words. No lengthy edits or character re-writes. Just keep on writing. I’m not sure exactly where the story will take me, (and if I already knew, then it wouldn’t be very exciting, would it?), but I am aiming for between 60,000 and 100,000 words total. This means that by August, I will have finished the first draft.
Intrigued? I’ll be posting snippets as I go, and letting you in on some of my research.
Dubious? I’ll keep you updated on my word count.
Want to try it too? Please do – and comment below to let me know how you get on!
It’s going to be a busy summer … 🙂