So I’ve taken too long off from writing. First I had a never ending flu, I’m talking a full 8 days of coughing, aches and pains and a fever for 3-4 days. But now I’m better with only a slight cough that will just not leave me alone. Then I went to Ireland for an extended weekend. I got to live the dream because I’d been itching to visit Ireland since, oh I don’t know half my life. All the travel posts will be coming soon, (Mondays). I bought more than a carry-on bag’s worth of books by Irish authors while I was there (more on that here).
Next weekend I’m off to Paris with Honey Bear for a pre-birthday weekend of fun. I’m really looking forward to the Christmas lights and festivities in the city already.
What does this all mean for my writing? Well….ummmm…..its been weeks. I think about two weeks since I’ve really sat down and worked on my novel consistently for a decent period of time. My plan was to write like the wind this weekend to catch up. Hasn’t happened yet, but maybe I will open it up after some lunch. Hopefully I can do some sprints on Twitter with the other ROWers this week before going to Paris because I have the feeling that I might just sit at a cafe with a cappuchino and watch the fabulously dressed people walk by instead of writing. BUT I will keep my moleskin notebook handy in my purse in case an idea strikes.
I started writing this novel in March (2011). I stopped when I realized I was making some very classic mistakes, which was about 3o-50 pages in I think. Then I read an inordinate amount of blog posts on the craft of writing and also purchased several books on the topic. Now that I know what I’m doing, I just want to finish the first draft. I’m just over halfway through now and since I’ve taken so many breaks, this manuscript feels likes its dragging on and on. Its my own fault for not being just a tad more diciplined in forcing myself to sit down and just write it. I want to finish it more than ever so that I can move on to my new idea which is much more unique.
When I get to start my second novel, I will give myself a stricter deadline to finish. One year for the first novel, I think is pretty decent. Novel 2, well that’s another story and I will give myself 4-5 months to write it and maybe one month to plot it in advance. I really want to create a proper writing schedule to get the manuscript written, because when I work on it bit by bit, I don’t get into a proper flow and it also starts to feel more like work.
Next time, I won’t diddle around. I’ll make some very strict rules for Round 1 of ROW80 2012 to finish off this first bad boy. I have a feeling that this one will definately be a desk drawer book, but that’s what learning is for right?
I have to give big props to my ROWsis Em, who has been not only Rockin the ROW, but also NaNo with writing over 47,000 words and finishing her story. See her check in here.
Have you had any unexpected hiccups in November? Have you ever gotten a new idea for a novel and desperately want to drop the current WIP for the new idea?