rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day twenty two
DAY TWENTY TWO - FRIDAY
Words written today – 1,504
Total words written – 47,864
Words remaining – 2,136
Days remaining – 9
If there’s a book
that you want to read,
but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison
When I started out on this journey I had a specific storyline in mind, but, as I continued writing, better ideas formed, and as I followed them through the original idea was mostly abandoned (maybe to be used another time).
I would estimate that two thirds of what has been written will be discarded in the process of editing the draft. I am sure nothing will be wasted, I like a lot of the bits that will be taken out, just not for this story. So the second draft will feel like I am starting all over again. When I have finished, possibly tomorrow, I’ll leave it alone for a while then come back to it with ‘fresh eyes’, re-read and flesh it out.
You have to be in it for the long run when writing a novel – this is only the beginning.
Onwards and upwards!