I’ve been taking some time out – a very valuable and useful thing to do – to walk and to decorate; but there comes a point in the life of every writer when she must go back to the laptop and face The Novel once more. It’s no good waiting for Inspiration to Strike – you must seize it by the throat or at least go to your desk and try to write something. So here I am. I’ve read through a couple of the early chapters and made a few changes, and they don’t seem so bad; so the plan is to forge ahead (interestingly I typed ‘forget ahead’ which may also be good advice) and finish the damned thing by doing NaNoWriMo in November.
NaNoWriMo, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is National Novel Writing Month. All sorts of people do NaNo as it’s a great opportunity to get your arse in gear and write (or finish writing) that novel you always meant to get around to creating. In my case I shall not be starting from scratch but I will be writing 50,000 words in a month (which is only about 1700 a day, roughly 5 pages) which may or may not take me near the end of the damned thing.
I can’t decide whether to stick to the Fibonacci sequence of chapters (see here for an explanation of the idea:)
or to abandon it. On the one hand it’s totally impractical as the chapters get exponentially longer. On the other hand I can’t seem to get it out of my bloodstream, so we’ll just have to see where it leads us.
And that’s today.