It is now June 30th. My creative writing class is long finished, I am writing almost daily now (I say almost due to a temperamental toddler, and an ever increasing bump!) and I have submitted a supernatural themed story to a competition with the added option of critiquing my work. Exciting and nerve wracking to say the least.
My planned novel is sitting at approximately 4,000 words.
And I am a little disappointed.From what I understand, 80,000-100,000 words is average for a novel. If I keep at this pace it will never write itself. So my challenge now is to write eight or nine hundred words A DAY. I have my plot outline, my character sheets, my names…there are a few holes in the research that I am trying to fill by contacting several university professors and underwater archaeologists (this was criticised somewhat by people on a writing forum, saying I have to write what I know. Well it’s a horror story, I can’t write what I know there since I don’t know any supernatural creatures).
The research has led me to some amazing information, lots of fact gathering and has resulted in me education myself in the process of developing the story in a fluid, natural way. If I have to write what I know, then I will know the ins and outs of diving and preservation of underwater artefacts before I complete this section. Fortunately,my nautical Indiana Jones is happy to chat. Unfortunately, I have not heard from him since last week…first hurdle to overcome…
I hope that with the goal set and broken down into realistic pieces, that I can finish this before years end as I originally said I would.
What I have found also is that a lot of writers don’t seem to like to describe characters in depth, opting to offer pieces of information within the narrative as opposed to having a paragraph setting up their appearance, or personality quirks. Many of the books I have read (good and bad) have always offered some sort of description of the MC (main character/s) and so I don’t feel the need to deviate from that idea. Although I think I will struggle to have my characters really interest my reader as it is an area I lack confidence in.
All in all though, I think this is starting to come together and I am really pleased with what I have written so far, hopefully in another 90,000 words we can all feel the same way.