I have always written random things, short stories, opinion articles, just for the sake of it, without caring too much about structure. I even started co-writing a story with a friend, but life happened for both of us and the ideas and drafts we made are mostly memories now. I’m currently writing my first novel, a SciFi novel. I’ve never been into SciFi until recently and it’s surprisingly fun to write. Stuff I never had to think about before, like giving characters more depth, Back stories, research. I had the idea for this novel eight years ago only two years ago I started taking the words from inside my head into this world and only a year ago I started putting a lot of effort into writing, although, as a masters student, I’m not able to focus on my novel as much as I wish. At the same time I’ve been doing a lot of research for the story, reading every book I find about story and plot. I even took a Screenwriting course, which was the most exciting course I took in years, I wouldn’t stop thinking about the new information I learned and how I could apply to my story, how I could create new stories.
In this journey the point I’ve struggled with the most was finding and setting the right targets and goals for me. I tried counting progress with time, words, planning monthly, weekly. Surprise, there is no right way, but the way that best worked for me was setting a weekly target of 2000 words, in which I have an idea of the distribuition of parts, but I don’t follow it religiously. Progress and quality are the most important goals here and sometimes words or time spent can’t translate into any of them. Once school ended in july, I immediately set this goal of writing at least 1000words a day. In the beginning it worked fine and I wrote A LOT, but two weeks later I could barely hit 300. I admit it, I was so immersed in my story (and obsessed with it) that it was making me sick. I had to take a break from it for a few days to heal my creativity and lines of thought and set smaller and more realistic targets.
I joined a few writing groups on facebook, twitter, and although I did get some support, I didn’t get the answers I needed, as some people take more pleasure in sparring rather than helping.
That’s all for today, I’ll be back with more posts 🙂