You might remember earlier this year that I said I’d be trying to dedicate more time to my writing this year. Well, I decided one of the best ways to keep myself accountable was to do a little writing update here and there. So today I’ll be talking about all the writing and writing-adjacent things I’ve been doing so far this year. There’s a bit to get through so let’s get started.
Okay, so decidedly not writing but I did spend a good deal of time working on my Pinterest boards for my projects. I very much use these as a way of keep tracking of all my different ideas, as well as the usual sort of reference guide for how my characters look. So spending hours on this isn’t productive, but it did help me feel a little more organised.
A New Project
It definitely wasn’t in my plan to starting writing anything new this year but when inspiration strikes you just have to go with it. Most of the time I spent working on this one was about the characters and settings to the point where I don’t even have a plot yet. The idea is to do a sort of interesting narrative style here, mostly playing around with timelines and things like that, which is something I’ve never done before. The novels I’ve written before all needed to follow a certain style and timeline in order to work, but I can have a little fun here. I’ll share more about this in later updates!
A friend and I spent a few days last week up in the hills on a writing retreat. We spent Wednesday and Thursday writing from 9am to 6pm (with breaks, of course) and we both got a lot done. I’ll talk about the actual writing in a moment, but I wanted to talk a little about this first. The area we were staying in was actually pretty close by to where this new story is set, which is the town my Grandparents used to live in so I got to take some photos to help me with that story later. We’re already making plans to go on another retreat later in the year since this one was so successful.
The Actual Writing
Now we get into the actual discussion of writing. I used those two days to start working on the next draft of my novel, Tied Together. I’d been putting this off and finally decided to just do it. I’m glad I did because I managed to write 18k in those two days. I think part of the reason it went so well is because I wasn’t writing in order—I know most people do, but that just doesn’t work for me. I’ve found that I need to set out the beats of the story first and then I can go back and write in order. This draft is basically an entire rewrite of the original, so I’ll work on any inconsistencies in follow-up drafts but for now, I’m just getting it down.
A New Schedule
I’ve been playing around this year without working out a writing schedule for myself. I tried to write every day for about a week but that just isn’t viable for me. I have two and a half days of classes as well as all the studying that comes with that, and then this blog and my Booktube channel to maintain. So instead, I think I’m going to set aside Wednesday as a writing day, at least for this semester. Knowing that keeping up that 9-6 schedule would be too much for my health, I’m going to try out 11 to 3 for these first few weeks to see whether that tires me out too much or whether it works. I’ll share how that works out in my next update.
But that’s it for today. I don’t really have a schedule for when I’ll be updating you all next, I’m just sort of playing it by ear when I feel like I have enough to share. If you’re a writer, I’d love to hear what your schedule looks like or if you have any exciting updates!