Throughout the preceding days, I've been bubbling with nervous excitement... The downside is I've been waking up at ridiculous hours (not helped by the UK changing the clocks back to GMT last weekend!)
I'm making countless lists to myself - I'm not planning the novel as such (I've declared myself a Pantser, ie I'm writing freely, spontaneously, without a structured outline - unlike the Planners), just jotting down random thoughts...
The BIG decision I made on Wednesday - having woken up bright-eyed at 3am - was to not type the novel, as I'd originally thought. I realized I struggle to write freely at the computer (I so LOVE pen on paper!), and I'm more likely to stop and edit as I write (a suicidal strategy if I want to reach 50,000 words on the 30 November!). Plus I really cannot spend too long looking at the screen before it hurts my eyes.
So, I'm writing here
The book is HUGE! I won it on ebay (secondhand - scuffed on the outside, but pristine inside) a few months ago and simply didn't realize how thick it was! It's A4, over 200 pages, but THE perfect object in which to scribble my novel :D I've worked out that I write about 200 words a page, so that's roughly 10 pages a day to stay on track (the actual number one needs to write every day is 1,677 to hit the 50,000 on 30 November, but I want to aim higher to allow for some 'non-writing days' if I need them).
This whole thing's a tad insane, but hey, if I have the first draft of a book on 1 December, I figure I've spent my time well. November is one of my least favourite months - it's cold, damp and dark - so surely scribbling away while meandering through my imagination is a FINE way to get through it?!
(image by Terri St Cloud at Bone Sigh Arts)
So come and cheer me on...
I've installed a word-count in the side-bar (I'll update the word-count at the end of each day), so even if I don't post here so you can see how I'm doing :)
Added up today's words - 2577
YAY for me :)