Friday, November 23, 2012

Treat Writing As A Job

Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined. Lots of writers get a bit OCD-ish about this. Graham Greene famously wrote 500 words a day. Jean Plaidy managed 5,000 before lunch, then spent the afternoon answering fan mail. My minimum is 1,000 words a day – which is sometimes easy to achieve, and is sometimes, frankly, like shitting a brick, but I will make myself stay at my desk until I've got there, because I know that by doing that I am inching the book forward. Those 1,000 words might well be rubbish–they often are. But then, it is always easier to return to rubbish words at a later date and make them better.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo Day 1

National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as we all know it has finally begun.
Day one went very well for me, I am well above what I intended to write so every extra word was a bonus.

I did find it hard to turn off my internal editor though, and had to fight going back countless times to change what I'd written or check for mistakes. I suppose we just get used to the way we write.
What I'm hoping to achieve, is to get back into the practice of writing everyday and not looking for excuses to browse the internet, and of course be on track for that magic 50,000 word count in just 30 days.

How did Day One go for you?