My book is due in less than four months. Less. Than. Four. Months.
What had been a fairly leisurely, enjoyable journey has downshifted into a harder gear. I need to get this fist draft done. I need to do more research on clocks, and horology. I need to let it sit. And then I need to do the next draft. And then ask for edits. And then format it. And then hit send. All in less than four months. It will get done, and I will keep you posted on my progress. But here’s what I’ve learned so far.
First of all, slow and steady does win the race. I’ve gotten off the 1000 words a day habit, and I regret it. It doesn’t feel like enough some days, and other days it is torture. But it builds on itself a bit at a time. This weekend I am going to sprint a bit more, and catch up to the schedule I set for myself.
I keep moving forward, resisting the urge to go back and “fix” it. This is my choice. I do put notes in scenes, telling myself to go back and add xyz to an earlier scene, but I don’t do it just now. As I move forward, there are other surprises that come up. Let the muse tell me the story. And use the next draft to help it make sense.
Scrivener is a wonderful tool. I need to learn how to use it better, but it is unbelievably helpful.
Being a plotter pays off. This is not to say that things don’t change, but if/when they do I go and tweak the outline. And having goals for each scene makes it all much easier. Or less difficult.
Which brings me to the last bullet point for today. This isn’t easy, this writing a book. But it is joyful.
Much more to come. Looking forward to a long weekend of writing.