So this is new.
I’ve been writing my whole life, but I didn’t expect this. A story I began, started to develop into a novel, without me knowing. It wasn’t my fault! Is it normal to wake up with it and go to bed with it? Is it normal to speak your characters’ dialogues while in the shower? Is it normal to lose interest in every other job in the world and try to mouth I want to be a writer, in your pillow?
I don’t know.
And now it’s 200 pages long. I don’t know what happened.
When I wrote the first few pages, I gave them to a friend. She said “OMG WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT, TELLME TELLME”. And I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know. I decided to write and learn things on the way. Like I am reading it for the first time. It’s been a wonderful experience so far.
And why did I choose chick lit? That’s what I feel like reading at the moment. And Toni Morrison said, (or a variation of what she said): I wrote my first book because I wanted to read it.
4 responses to “Writing. A. Novel.”
Hey, no justification needed for your genre choice.
Do you mind sharing how long it took you to complete 200 pages? I’m trying to write ten pages a week but I don’t know if that’s realistic or not.
I have no idea. It’s been going on for months, but sometimes it’s 4000 words at once, and at other times, a lot of it is just staring at the screen, reading writing tips and looking at the blank page from time to time 🙂 Also, thinking about it, talking about it, pestering other people about it and re-reading, but that’s not writing 😀
The reason I have no idea: I haven’t set up a goal. There are days when I write 20 pages, and then there are days when I just can’t write, for numerous reasons. You just need to catch that moment, when you feel exhilarated and nothing can stop you from typing. You can write half a book in moments like that, I am sure.
I know this isn’t an answer to your question, but it’s all I know for now.
Cheers, and thanks for your time 🙂
That’s true, the amount that I can write depends on what’s floating through my head at the time. It might be counterproductive for me to set page goals so early in my novel.
Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.