I’m now about 48,000 words into my first draft of my first novel. I’m still loving the whole process, although today I noticed I was beginning to get a big bogged down in the middle of the book – a common problem I’d heard about from other authors and that I was expecting. I decided I needed to focus more than ever on just getting the words down!
I had another look at my goals for finishing my first draft and decided that I needed to set a word count of 5,000 words per week if I wanted to get my first draft finished by the end of the year. That means ramping up my four early morning half hour writing sessions to 500 words each, and aiming for 3,000 words on my Wednesday writing afternoon.
I’m also setting up a folder in my Scrivener document where I keep track of my word counts for each week so I can see myself steadily working towards my goal. Some authors I know like to use stickers and tick charts, but I find that just seeing the goals there in writing is motivation enough for me.
I recently also started up my author Pinterest page, which you can find here, and started collecting some pins on various topics that will be appearing in my novel. I’m a very visual person, so I know it’ll be useful to be able to refer to these.
That’s all for this week! Have a good one!