How do you write a novel?
This week’s progress report and my take on the question of how to write a novel.
If you were to check my status on Goodreads, you’d find I’ve got two books listed as currently reading.
I’m trying to get through Bob Mayer’s NaNoWriMo Survival Kit which consists of three books on writing and publishing. I’ve got it on Kindle so it’s what I start to read on my phone whenever I have a spare minute. He’s also going through parts of this weekly on his blog. This is going slowly or seems to because there is so much there. I’m on like page 2222 of 10000.
I am also reading Orson Scott Card’s book Character and Viewpoint. He mentions doing a workshop with some 4th graders and worked up the basis of a story with them. He does it by asking questions. Mostly “Why? and “What then?” with a few more questions. It’s amazing how quick he worked up a story this way.
Why then does it seem so hard to figure out what happens next in my story? I think I’ll need to be asking more of those questions and more often.
Of course, those aren’t the only books I’m working on. I’m reading Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card and listening to Sherrilyn Kenyon in the car (It’s Blood Trinity this week). There is a lot to be said for writing a series. Eventually, I’ll get to putting some book reviews up here.
This week’s progress.
I am just a few words over 60000 right now. I am amazed that I have gotten this far. The part I’ll probably be working on this weekend will tell me how quickly it finishes. If it transitions smoothly for me, I think I’ll be able to accelerate my writing.
I posted I was at 57000 words last week so that is only 3000 words for the week. Not very much but I’ve not gotten the straight four hours of sitting and typing that seems to produce the most for me.
The good part is that I’ve been very consistent. I’ve written at least a little bit nearly every day even when I did not feel up to it or have much time. Sunday was the only day I did no writing at all and there simply was no time that I could sit down and write. This week, I’ll see if I can both write everyday and get some more writing done.
So, how do you write a novel?
Right now, for me, it’s just one word at a time. The more time I spend glued in front of it, the more I get done. Sit down and write. Perhaps when I get this one and maybe a second done, I’ll have something more scholarly to say.