Getting down to it: writing, writing, writing in September

Sch! It’s September. Don’t talk to me, I’m writing.

I have a novel to write. I was supposed to start it in May, but got delayed. June didn’t get me far, and July and August were complete write-offs with regards to writing. (Note to self: don’t think you’ll write during the festivals. You won’t.) So September is it. I’ve set a target of 60,000 words for the month. That’s an average of 2,000 words per day. Easy, right?

No, not really. It would be, if I could write 2,000 words, steadily, every day of the month. Of course, that’s not how the world works. Although I’m mostly not socializing this month, I do have a long weekend away, and a couple of nights out. And writer’s group. And book quiz.

To get the book written I needed to plan. So I planned. I have, next to me as I write:

  • A chapter listing (incomplete) of what happens in which chapter.
  • A character list with all my characters’ names, brief bios and their relationship to each other and my main character.
  • A one-page calendar for September with events and daily word count targets clearly marked.
  • A draft family tree.

All set. Here goes.

2 comments on “Getting down to it: writing, writing, writing in September

  1. Yeah get to it! I never slacked off during the festivals …

    Ok. Maybe just a little bit.

    I also need a large size 10 applied liberally to my rump.

    So I’m with you. I’m Spartacus!

    • Excellent! So far, I’m on target. Then Helen asked me last night if I’d got my New Writer’s Award written and submitted before September 1st.

      Gah! Of course I hadn’t.

      Now, it’s on my to do list for tomorrow.

      Go write, Spartacus.

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