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February 20, 2015

Timestamp – ‘A Flash of Black Wings’ started

Filed under: news of the day,wordsmithery — Tags: , — lexifab @ 1:03 pm

Alert – Self-accountability post.

Hoo boy. I’ve jumped early. As of 11 pm yesterday, I am once again officially writing a novel. With a working title of ‘A Flash of Black Wings’ (which┬áI very much doubt will survive the writing process), it will be a young adult-ish science fiction survival-action story of between 80 and 90 thousand words. Well, that’s what’s planned, anyway.

Saying that I’m just starting now is slightly disingenuous, mind you. I have been planning this novel in some detail for about a year now, working out the storyline chapter by chapter and doing my best to pre-plan the pacing and structure, in the hopes that I would be able to write it pretty quickly and without too many self-imposed roadblocks. How successful a planner I’ve been will be revealed in due course, I suppose.

So far I’ve written a shade under 500 words. Not very impressive for a first stint, I know, but kicking off at eleven at night is never going to lead to a power-writing session. And 500 is my target daily wordcount for the project, so at least I’m not starting off behind the pace (actually, I am, by eight words, but I’m okay with that).

If all goes to plan, I will be finished the first draft of this sucker by the end of May. In practise it is likely to take a little longer than that, as I still have those outstanding short pieces to finish writing and thence to edit. But as far as possible, I’ll be doing my novel writing first and everything else second each day.

In terms of being tedious on the blog about my process, I’ll probably mention where I’m once in a while, but I’m not planning to post daily word counts or snippets of amusing dialogue.

Right. Time to get to it.

4 Comments »

  1. Good work! I’m looking forward to hearing how this new approach to novel writing goes for you. Do you find that you’re excited about this new project?

    Comment by Elizabeth @ Earl Grey Editing — February 21, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

  2. Elizabeth – hard to say, actually. ‘Excited’ isn’t quite the right word – I’ve been working on the plan for this novel for almost a year, so the sense of giddy creative excitement has almost worn away. But I *think* I see the story clearly, so I’m at the point where I don’t think I’m afraid of getting lost writing it. (Note the significant proportion of that last sentence given over to caveats). I do still think it’s a story worth telling, at least to the extent that I ever feel that way about my writing.

    And the writing itself has been – not easy, but not terribly difficult either. That’s a win.

    I think what I am is determined, which is probably more useful in the long run than excited.

    Comment by lexifab — February 23, 2015 @ 8:08 am

  3. Yes, I am also trying this ‘planning’ thing. After taking six years to hammer out a 40k ish first draft for my <YA novella, due to innumerable writes and rewrites, I am interested to see if I can trim a few days of the deadline for the next one.

    Comment by Ian — March 1, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

  4. Cool! For what it’s worth, planning seems to be working so far – 5400 words in the last week, which is pretty productive for me. And I’ve started to stray a little bit from the outline, but so far not so much that I need to stop and review the outline. I’ll definitely be doing some editing though.

    Comment by lexifab — March 1, 2015 @ 11:02 pm

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