I am so very happy. It is a few weeks into the AWC bootcamp and I am averaging more than 500 words a day. It feels fantastic 🙂
The hardest part is getting started. But setting the word count before I start really helps. There have been a couple of days where I’ve dodged it, but I always catch up the following day. Once I get started I often go a little beyond the target, but not too far so I don’t burn out and have something to pick up again the next day.
The inner critic is screeching it’s head off at me that it’s all rubbish. So, I just keep telling myself that in 4-5 months at this rate, I will have a shitty first draft or zeroth draft – AND THEN I CAN MAKE IT BETTER!
I feel like I need to prove to myself that I can consistently put pen to paper, that I can hash out a plot and characters and a rough draft, figuring it out as I go. Once I’ve got some meat to work with, then I can tenderise it into something edible. I’ve done it before with a Fan Fiction – and I’m now trying to harness that same energy and spirit by writing a YA dystopian. They feel a little cliche and overdone in the market at the moment, saturated is probably the word for it, but I still love them to pieces. So I’m chasing that passion.
In the meantime, I have finished reading the first five books of the Obernewtyn chronicles – reading when I wake up, on the tube, walking to work, over lunch, before bed – my poor husband must be wondering what strange creature he has married that is always reading and writing. Loving this man for being so understanding and encouraging!