When I shut done my Mac this evening I’d just past 7300 words, which puts me well ahead of where I should be. I’d set myself a target of 5000 words for this weekend, so to smash that by 2300 words really makes my day. But it’s also a reminder of just how well I can write when I put my mind to it. I’ve heard a couple of writers saying that NaNoWriMo is every month for them. I’ve also heard professional writers say that they typically write about 2000 words a day and when they say that it occurs to me that that’s what I want to be trying to do. Maybe not 2k a day but maybe 1k a day when I’m working on a first draft. That’s something that’s at the forefront of my mind at the moment as I’ll be writing what may be the biggest novel I’ve written next year. And something I want to do is write a clean first draft.
As I’ve been working on Earth, After Liberation it’s frustrated me a lot at just how much of a mess it is. So I’m working hard with its sequel, Oppression, to make it as clean a draft as possible. When I do the second draft I really don’t want to go through the same rigmarole that I’m going to have to go through with the first draft. As I’ve been writing Oppression I’ve caught myself a few times thinking about re-writing Earth, After Liberation because I don’t want it to read like it’s been sliced and diced a few times, but that’s a decision that can wait till a later date.
I’ve not plotted out any novel as much as I have done with this one and having as much joy with it as I am has got me thinking that maybe being a pantser is not for me. I think I’m going to be able to write a much more fluid and structured story by starting off with an outline, so far it’s feeling like a much more natural writing process for me.
I’m now going to log out for the night, watch the end of Apollo 13 and then dive into The Waste Lands by Stephen King.