Day 34 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Fiction Work In Progress Update

I haven’t talked much about my fictional work-in-progress. There’s a reason for that. It’s because when I’m unsure of myself in a certain area, I don’t like to talk about it. Discussing it invites the opinions of others. Opinions, which, could throw me off track.

While I’m confident in my ability to write nonfiction and essays and blog posts such as these, novels are a different animal. Although I have several unfinished novels in various degrees of completion sitting on my hard drive, I have not successfully completed and published a novel which is why the completion and publication of a novel is my goal this year. This includes having it professionally edited and self published with a professional cover and uploaded and published to all of the various websites like Amazon and Kobo. I’m not interested in being exclusive to any one, online retailer.

Because this is something new for me, I know that it’s going to take more time than if this were like my sixtieth book. The reasons come down to processes and confidence. Right now, I’m establishing my processes.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here, but I’m a builder. That means I am not a plotter even though I admire people who can plot out an entire book and then write it. Just like everything else in my life, I do, I document my actions and then change my processes while I’m going while it’s on the fly.

Because I work that way, I know that is going to take a long time at the beginning. Things are going to get faster when I get my procedures together and wil be able to have a better estimate of how long it takes to write the book, which is something that I don’t know right now. The only way to get this experience is to write this book. Then write another book. Then write another book.

One great thing though, is that this is the first time when I’m writing a book that I feel like it’s coming together. In other books that I’ve written, I kind of felt lost. I didn’t have the confidence that it was going to come together.

Even though 1/3 of the way in writing a book there’s always that slow down. And you wonder – can I do this? Is this going to come together? But in this case, I feel like it’s going along at a nice clip, and I see the end in sight. I believe that I can do this. It’s a matter of just getting the story down.

In addition to documeting the story outline as I’m writing it, I am also keeping track of notes such as how my characters look, about the planet that they are on, the societal structures, how things work, and what settings I need to flesh out.

 I’m documenting that while I’m writing the book so that I won’t have to go back and look at all of that later in and try to fuss all of that out. I also use the third heading level in WORD when I introduce a new character so that I know where I can find their description the next time.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 34, – 2/3/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

63,153 / 66,792 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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