So yesterday was the 16th of December, which means it’s been exactly 5 months since I started writing a book for the first time. I definitely had some unrealistic expectations and I had a lot to learn, especially about how long the process would take. I’m actually not as far along as I thought I would be when I first started, but I began to accept that that’s ok, because I’ve really enjoyed the journey so far, and I’m glad that I’ve done it.
As a person who had never written more than 1000 words at a time before, I really didn’t have a clue what was going to happen. I kind of thought that everything would just flow straight out of my brain and I’d probably be finished within a couple of months. But for me at least, it certainly didn’t work like that!
Something I was really surprised about was writer’s block. I had planned out every single plot point of the story, I knew exactly what I wanted the characters to do and be, and I had already decided the ending. But despite all that, I’ve still been totally stumped by writer’s block quite often.
I think the biggest help for that, has been my playlist of music that goes alongside this story. It puts me in the right mind to think, and helps me visualise the scenes so much better. After creating it, I noticed I was able to get started much quicker actually writing stuff down, instead of what I used to do, which was procrastinate for hours on the computer while saying ‘I don’t know what to write!’
So my current word count has gotten up to 21,000. I was pretty busy this week with Christmas stuff, which has been a lot of fun, but despite having the urge to write, I haven’t always had the time, which is why I’ve only managed about 1,000 words since the last post.
I feel a lot more relaxed about slow word count progress than I used to though, now just having the urge to write feels like a win in itself, since it proves to myself that I’m not giving up, even on a busy day.
So overall, I’m actually around 75,000 words behind where I expected to be when I first started! But that’s ok, because I’ve learned how hard it really is to write, and I’ve also learned to be a lot nicer to myself about goals and productivity, which I think is important.
But the real MVP of this month is definitely not me, not by a long shot. It’s the music!
Honestly, without the music I love, I don’t think I’d even have been able to cross over into 20,000 at all. I’m pretty certain I’d still be stuck with writer’s block and a lack of motivation like I was in November! So I have to thank all my favourite musicians for giving me a huge help out, and for somehow capturing the exact vibe of the story I’m trying to tell!
Piece by piece they pile up under the tree.
Ready to be opened eagerly.
Each gift wrapped and ribboned,
Soon the paper and bows will be sent flying off.
Even if they aren’t too expensive, the
Novelty of presents is always exciting.
Though the best part of the day is,
Seeing every smile afterwards.
This week I finished all of my gift wrapping and ribbon curling, so ‘presents’ was inevitable for my choice of word this time!
So many of my photo prompts so far seem to be related to food/drink stuff! What is this blue liquid and why is it sitting on someone’s doorstep? Who took this trolley out of Sainsbury’s or how did it end up near the river?
I’m not sure… but thank you for reading!