Progress on My Novel

Well, I started the actual writing on my novel on August 30. I had been doing some research, and plot and character development before that, and of course that still continues. While I haven’t been able to write every day, I’ve been getting something down at least a few days a week. I am now at over 10,000 words, including continual edits.

I know there are many different ways to write: block out the outline, break down the outline even further, and then fill in the details as a rough draft; write out the rough draft all the way through before doing any editing.  I don’t thing there is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way.

So far I have basic World, character, and plot details down, but am working through the story as I go. Also the editing as I go helps me keep the whole story in my head so I don’t double back on myself, forget a detail I might have mentioned, or bring something in too soon.

I’ve always written without a well flushed out outline. You might think that is odd for me, if you know me, because I am very organized. However, when being creative, I think I use a different part of me that doesn’t like to be that organized; it wants to ‘go with the flow’. But that also means I have to keep an eye on it so I don’t get off on a tangent that doesn’t fit, or contradict myself.

How do you like to write? How do you prep for a story?

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