Hey there, awesome readers!
If this is your first time here or if you haven’t read this post, here’s a quick explanation of what’s going on:
For the next few weeks I’m only allowing myself to write about the progress and writing aspect of a fiction story that I’m working on. Although if you’ve had the chance to read this post, you know that I’m not very good at following rules; even when said rules have been laid down by yours truly. This explains why I’m not the mayor of my town.
And since you’re entitled to my opinion, I believe that mayors are supposed to follow rules and lead by example.
Yes I’m perfectly aware of how smart you are, which is why I’m going to come clean: There are no mayors in my story. I’m procrastinating. It’s what writers do best. And since I have many years of experience as a writer, I’m terribly good at procrastinating. This makes me proud and self-conscious; confident and insecure.
This is why I NEED you on this writing-a-work-of-fiction journey with me.
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
To help put us on the same page (notice my clever use of an analogy; also nothing to do with my story), I thought it would be a good idea to set my other works-in-progress aside and start something brand new. I can’t tell you exactly what the story is about because I have this fail-symptom where if I talk too much about a story, the need to “tell it” dissipates.
What does that mean? It means that this journey may make you feel a little like your blindfolded. But that’s okay because that’s exactly how I feel since I’ve never written a book-length piece of fiction before. And by book-length I’m thinking something a little longer than a brochure.
I’m aiming for 50,000 words.
So far I have a skeleton of an idea and I’m calling this skeleton “Charlie”.
He’s the main character.
I also have a breakdown of seven chapters.
My goal this week is to figure out the end and then work my way back to the beginning.
Stay tuned …
Or feel free to harass me if you think that I’m busy procrastinating.
Lesley Donaldson says
One woman advised me, only work on one project at at time. But that goes against the very core of my being! I’ve kept my own anti-hero protagonist on the shelf for much of the last month – it’s hard to cram her onto the pages when I’m surrounded by kids at swimming lessons. Copy editing is much easier during those times!
Good luck with your manuscript! I’m looking forward to watching your progress through the blog!
Mona Andrei says
Thanks for your words of encouragement, Lesley!
New project? That sounds like fun! Good luck with developing your story. 🙂
Mona Andrei says
I need all the luck I can get 🙂