Time for a writing update! My novel was coming along quite nicely. We had a week’s holiday in Cornwall staying in a mobile home, and I got into a lovely routine of waking early before anyone else, making myself a pot of coffee, reading my Bible and writing a few hundred words on my computer. By the end of the holiday I was up to about 10,000 words in total.
Sadly, but unsurprisingly, since then it’s been hard to find that consistent time again. My main writing time is still on a Wednesday afternoon, when my husband has managed to juggle around his schedule so that he can look after the kids at home and release me to the local cafe, but early morning writing is just not happening in the busyness of daily life with four children and a constantly messy house!
However, I have to admit that I was beginning to feel doubtful about the structure of my novel, and was wondering if I should have another look at my basic plot outline. The crunch came when I listened to a guest on The Creative Penn podcast, who said that most new writers should probably just cut out the first two or three chapters of their novel altogether and start at Chapter 3 or 4. I knew he was right. Chapters 1 and 2 were a bit dull and too full of backstory. I could tell that I hadn’t really found my voice until Chapter 3. So I did what he said and started almost from scratch again. It was hard to go back to a couple of hundred words after I’d been at nearly 10,000, but not all the early work was lost, and now I’m happily back up to 7,000.
I just want to share with you all the two resources that are helping my along my writing journey at the moment. One I’ve already mentioned: The Creative Penn podcast and website. I’ve also bought Joanna’s book “The Successful Author Mindset”, which has been nice and easy to read while I’ve been sitting on the beach watching my kids jump over the waves and build sandcastles this past week.
The second is a series of Facebook live videos by author Lucy Clarke, where she shares various writers’ tips and gives you an insight into her life as a writer. I quickly read all 4 of Lucy’s books so far, the latest one of which, Last Seen, is releasing in paperback tomorrow! I’m really looking forward to hearing her speak at our local library next month, since she actually lives very near me!
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