When I wrote my last writing progress post in August, I was full of good intentions with no plan in place to carry them out. Needless to say, those ambitious bore very little fruit and I barely progressed with any further edits towards the end of last year.
But, now we’re in 2020, things are changing.
I’ve made it a resolution this year to put writing first again. This includes working on the novel, but also going back to fanfiction. Even now, after ten years of writing it, I still keep it quiet – it seems to be a topic where people either get it, or they don’t. And there’s no way of bridging that gap.
What am I writing?
I have a couple of fandoms that have a place in my writing heart. I can dive into those stories and lose myself in the fun of it: I know these characters and I don’t have to make up the worlds, only play with what I’ve been given. I challenge my writing styles writing fanfiction and I push myself into genres that I’ve never written before. It’s almost my writing practice for the novel.
I say almost, because I also really care about these stories. My attention to detail and way I write has been formed from countless fanfictions, honing my writing and – by not linking my stories – I can take the characters at the same age, the same point in their lives, and do something totally different.
I can’t do that with the novel. My main character is rebellious when it comes to letting me have a solid writing session and, in my mind, his story is far more linear.
How am I writing?
Bringing the focus back to writing means indulging in both types of writing. With the novel, however, I’m hoping to edit two chapters a month. It’s ambitious, but having the target means I’m working consistently, which is helping iron out some of the problems – mainly that I was leaving it for so long between sessions I couldn’t remember where I was up to.
I’m starting to use Scrivener properly as well. I have nothing against Word: I write everything on Word. But to break up the chapters and keep things organised, I’m finding Scrivener is easier. I really like the folder breakdown and easily compiling your work so far.
When am I writing?
In order to fit it in an otherwise busy schedule, I’m trying to do half a chapter a week. I’m using both monthly and weekly goals this year and by including novel work in those goals, it helps me justify the time (my brain works in weird ways, what can I say?).
Writing is always my release; my way of coping the week. How have I got to the point where I’m having to force myself to prioritise my favourite thing as otherwise, I feel guilty? If there’s one thing I’m recognising writing this, it’s taking the time for the things you love should not be a chore. No more excuses this year!
How do you fit in the things you love? Can you find the time for them?