For years, I have worked on various projects that I hoped would develop into novels. I have participated in National Novel Writing Month without any real idea of the direction I wanted my piece to go. I have created countless character profiles in an effort to get to know my (frankly generic) characters. Over time, I let the projects sit, simmer and eventually trail off, and now they are in a folder that I labelled ‘Current Writing Projects’ maybe three years ago.
Well, the time for that is over.
One of the assessments for my creative writing course is completing a writing project of 8,000 words. It’s not much compared to an actual novel but for someone who’s primarily written short stories, it’s kind of a lot. I chose to write an extended fiction piece, possibly an excerpt of something that could go on to be a novel. In the beginning, I was very excited: I would finally get a proper chance to work at a longer project! I would finally take a step out of the short story/flash fiction world!
Now I’m realising I actually have to do it. I have to work on a longer project. I have to take a step out of the short story/flash fiction world.
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Of course, I’m still excited. And I wasn’t expecting this to be easy. But the realisation of the work I have to do is hitting me and it’s a little overwhelming. I started a few months ago with little idea where to start. I have progressed since then by doing some preliminary research and starting to write, but I still have a lot of work left.
As is tradition, I have been procrastinating because the tasks ahead are daunting. And as is tradition, I have decided to motivate myself by posting about my progress here! That way, I can keep track of how much work I do whilst also sharing my experiences of writing an extended piece of fiction, in case it helps anyone who is working on a longer project too.
And this time, there will be progress. There has to be progress, as this is not a self-imposed challenge like Resolutions Recap, Project X or Mission Extreme Writing (if you don’t know what those are… that’s probably best). This is something I not only want to do, but have to.
So look out for updates and let me know if you’re working on a longer piece of writing! We can
cry share some tips and tricks. 🙂
For now, here is where I stand and what I need to do next:
- Words: 2,962/8,000
- To do next:
- More research (watch documentary; read one chapter out of key text)
- Edit the existing work (I got some feedback on it, so will probably be rewriting
I will return with an update with what I have done/learnt next week!
Until next time!
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2 thoughts on “Writing A Novel… Kind Of”
That’s exciting! And I can imagine how overwhelming, too. Good luck with your writing! I’m looking forward to reading about your progress.
Thank you, Marion! It definitely is both those things. It will be nice to have friends like you by my side 😊
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