I've now written 30,118 words which means I've written over 1/3 of my novel. OHMYGOD.
I only have to write twice as much as I've written already and then I'll have finished it! OHMYGOD (more of a scary exclamation this time).
Still a lot to do then.
It's strange - I thought I'd be the sort of novelist that savoured every word, that actively enjoyed putting fingers to keyboard but it turns out I'm not. I'm desperate to type THE END. That's not to say that I'm not enjoying it (I am, mostly) and the 2,200 words I wrote tonight appeared because I was really enjoying the scene I was writing and they just flowed - BUT - that's quite unusual.
I'd say about half the words I've written so far have flowed easily and the other half have been a bit of a slog. I think the thing is I'm desperate to get to the really exciting bit which happens, I'm guessing, about 60,000 words in when the crises hit desperation point and my poor MC is really struggling (does that make me a sadist?). It's also because I very much feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants and it's weird knowing I'm not 100% sure what happens between 30,000 and 60,000 words (does that make me a control freak?). I also want to be able to pat myself on the back for, for the first time, actually finishing a novel.
Plotting eight scenes (and then adding on a few more as I write the earlier scenes) is definitely helping me motor on. It seems writers' block only happens when four things occur:
- I don't know what happens next and I'm stuck
- I get a rejection (from a sub or a competition) which makes me doubt how good a writer I am
- I read a fantastically good novel/short story and it makes me doubt how good a writer I am
- I read online how hard it is to get published and assume that I will be one of the many never-published
Okay, so number 1) can be solved - by forward plotting.
As for 2) I guess the answer is 'don't send anything out' but then I wouldn't get any acceptances which make me think I can write and cheers me up enormously.
For number 3) the answer is not to read anything good (actually I started reading a chick-lit book at the weekend which was fantastically bad and made me feel soooo much better about my writing. Maybe that's the answer?)
And number 4)? Simple - stop reading online articles about publishing until I'm all done.
One thing I've found that really helps (with 2-4) is to tell myself 'I'm writing this for me. I'm just writing it to prove to myself that I can finish a novel. That's the main reason why I'm writing it. Sod thoughts of publishing deals.' I'm totally lying to myself when I say that of course, but if I can get myself into that mindset before I start writing it lifts some of the internal pressure and the words start to flow much easier.
How do you deal with writers' block and 'wobbles' (A.Writer's term)?