Thursday, October 20, 2011
Moving Along, Like a Boss
My current word count on MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS (I've got to give this story a real name) is at 20,082. After working on it for three months, it's probably a small amount of words in the grand scheme of things. However, I'm rather proud of it.
I started this story in the summer of 2010. I went through three false starts, and then simply quit. My problem was that I didn't trust myself. I would get irritated because the story in my head wouldn't match the one on paper.
So I took a step back for a year and convinced myself that every first draft sucks. Every. Single. One. If someone tells you they wrote a perfect first draft of a novel, they're lying.
This time, I've learned to let go, and it's turning out better than I expected. Dani and Josh are finally telling the story equally. Joey is a little more mysterious. Lina is getting more of a storyline. And the fictional town is really starting to resemble my hometown.
I wanted to finish by the end of this month so I could be ready for NaNoWriMo, but it might take me four months to finish this draft. And that's a lot better than the nine months it took me to draft WHITE SPIRIT.
Now, I'm off to add even more words before work.
How did you make it through the first drafts of your novels?