How to Write a Novel in Six Months, Week 18 Drafting Update: Plugging Along
This was a good week, however I fell a bit behind on my drafting. The main theme of my novel writing these days is confidence. Maybe too much so! I’m starting to realize that the energy and enthusiasm level is bound to change over time during an extended process like writing a novel and that’s okay! There’s no doubt in my mind now that this book will be complete and I can realistically start planning for the next stages of editing and selling.
Planning Time to Edit
Drafting almost daily has become such a habit that it’s hard to imagine what I’ll do with those extra hours come January. Oh wait – I’ll be editing! I haven’t done too much research on how to approach the editing process and I’m taking suggestions! The only thing I know so far is that I’ll be letting the manuscript sit for a week while I visit family, and then I plan to sit down and read it at a single sitting to make notes.
This is terrifying because this is the stage at which I pretty much abandoned the last novel. I don’t expect that to happen (hope or pray?) because I know this novel has a lot less wrong with it than the last. Still, I know it’ll have a lot wrong! I’m thinking it’ll take a lot of mental preparation to read my work objectively and technically. If anyone has a suggestion as to how to do this, please let me know. I’m sure you’ll see your suggestions in the next series, which will be on editing!
Filling In and Fleshing Out
One problem I’ve noticed as I’ve been writing this draft is that I have focused so much on the scenes and moving the story forward through action that I’ve left out a lot of the type of setting and character detail that doesn’t easily fit into an action sequence. Lucky for me, I have a supportive group of writers, some of whom are really good at this – so I’m taking notes!
I also have a lot of minor characters. I wasn’t sure how this would work out, I sort of like having a bunch of people running around my story. Most of them are members of groups of people and really need to be there to create a realistic rendition. Of course, that means I need to work hard to make sure they are identifiable and serve a purpose in the narrative. I know these types of things will weigh heavily in the initial edit.
I’m upping my page count this week to try and get ahead of the holidays! Wish me luck – I’ll need it!