I’m writing this by speaking into my digital voice recorder. Why?
As you know I’m writing my first novel this month (YEAH!), and one of the things I want to do is get into the habit of dictating because it’ll increase my word count rapidly.
So, here I am… practicing dictation by dictating my blog post to you. :)
How’s the novel writing?
The project is going really well. I continue to be over-the-moon excited about it.
I’m so busy thinking about my novel and imagining different scenes in it, doing research, reading tons of other novels that I actually don’t have time to do anything else! Definitely no time to watch the news.
I like this because it supports my blissed-out bubble during the pandemic conditions we’re all living through.
Working on this project is a mission and I love it.
As you know, I have set a goal to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of April. We have several family members and friends doing the challenge, too.
My daughter’s word count is already over 15,000 words with her children’s fantasy book (her goal is 30,000 and she had a little head start because started at the end of March). And my husband has written over 10,000 words of his — wait for it — pandemic apocalypse novel set ten years in the future. He has lots of book ideas, but he chose this one, aside from the obvious reasons, because it would require the least amount of research.
Our “CoronaWriMo” writing challenge is, by design, meant to get authors straight into writing, rather than procrastinating with stuff like research. (CoronaWriMo is our modified version of the popular NaNoWriMo challenge, or “National Novel Writer’s Month,” which happens every November.)
We have so much fun chatting about the experience and talking with each other. We go on long walks in the evening and talk all about characters, plot, and other writer stuff. It’s helped each of us figure things out as we grope our way through this unfamiliar process of writing fiction..
My Book: Romance!
I’m writing an “opposites attract” romance novel. The big question for me regards the sexy parts. How steamy do I go?
You see, my mom usually proofreads my non-fiction books because she is really good at finding mistakes (even when I swore there were none). But, uh… I can’t see myself letting her read a romance book I write with steamy sex scenes. Gulp. (Greg suggested I just take those scenes out of the copy that she proofreads. I might do that.)
And what about other people I know? Do I really want friends and acquaintances reading about all kinds of throbbing such-n-such? Yikes. I’m new to all this and unsure of how to proceed. I did, however, decide to publish my romance novels under a pen name, for marketing reasons. (Amazon’s algorithms can get confused when an author has books in multiple genres. If you’re not careful, sales in both genres can crater as a result.)
I’m well on my way. I’m actually freakin’ doing it!
Yesterday, I wrote the first couple chapters of my book. I had spent the first week planning: chewing on the outline, developing my characters, and creating the project in Scrivener. Scrivener is arguably one of the best software products for writing. I use it for all of my writing, including my non-fiction books and blogging.
WRITE WRITE WRITE!
I admit that I find it easy to get distracted with other things like reading other books (research!… right?), studying the craft of writing, and even blogging, watching Netflix, etc.
But I know that the only way I’ll be a great writer is to write. Getting my ass in the chair and the word count up. Pushing my way through, figuring out things on my own. So, that’s what I’m doing.
I like my system.
I’ll share my approach to how I’m writing in future blog posts. For now, read this post that explains how I realized I could even write a novel (we all can!), and buy this book to encourage you starting now (No Plot? No Problem)