This year I’ve been setting myself monthly writing goals to help keep track of my progress on my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep! October’s writing goals were:
- To continue editing Draft Four,
- And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.
I also wanted to work on my novel every day – even if just for a few minutes – to establish a daily writing habit.
So, how did I do?
Since uni rendered me without enough time to write, I did not manage to contribute something towards my novel daily. In fact, there was a period of a couple of weeks in which I managed to do absolutely nothing towards it. What can I say? Third year is hard.
But I did manage to make a bit of progress, mostly within the last week or so, motivated by not wanting to announce on the internet that I made a grand total of 0% progress during an entire month. So I guess motivating myself by blogging about my writing does work after all!
On the bright side, that little bit of time away from my novel has helped me to re-analyse what I want this book to be like when it’s finished, and decide what other changes I need to make to get it to that point.
November is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. This is an annual, month-long event which brings together writers from around the globe and challenges them to each write 50,000 words of fiction in just 30 days. It’s great fun, and perfect for when you just want to get those words down so that you have a first draft to build upon later!
Unfortunately it just isn’t viable for me to take part in NaNo this year. Even if it was, I don’t know what I’d write for it!
Instead, I’m re-stating last month’s challenge to myself to write something every single day throughout November, whether it be an actual part of the novel or some form of planning. Obviously uni has to come first but since I’m just about starting to fall into a routine with my studies, this will hopefully be manageable.
So my November goals are:
- To work on my novel every day
- To keep editing Draft Four
- And to keep improving my worldbuilding.