It’s easy to drift away from your novel. That’s why so many people feel they have a novel in them, and yet so few are actually writing novels.
Getting your novel out of you as quickly as possible is a strategy often used by novelists (Stephen King is rumoured to write a complete novel in three months) and there are a number of programs that promote speedily writing your first draft – the goal simply being to get things down on paper. NaNoWriMo is the best known example of this.
When quickly writing a novel, some people prefer to work through their plotlines on the fly, others would rather have a detailed plan in place. Bet you can’t guess which on I am.
On Monday I’ll talk a little bit about how I decided that taking at least as much time to develop an ‘unstructured’ plan as I took to write the actual novel I was planning worked best for me.
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