This month, textnovel.com is going to have a competition for all submissions more than 50,000 words. The nice thing about the challenge is it forces us all to reach that many words by Oct. 31st. It’s been an inspiring way to finish some stuff up. I plan on finishing Girl-Who-Rises-Sun up by the end of October, so maybe it will be here and readily available for reading soon. 🙂
This is a project that happens in November. Participants need to be able to finish writing a manuscript by the end of the month. I am going to use this competition to try and finish my “Wirey Web of Seymour’s Skull” story. It’s become frighteningly apparent that I need to start actually finishing these projects, instead of putting them off until inspiration hits.
To be a writer, I need to write
Sadly, I just came up with this realization just today. I mean, I knew that to be a writer, they had to write, but I guess I never thought about how much we all need to write. A good goal for me should be to start writing about 1,000 words a day of a story I am progressively working on.
If I did that every day, I could have enough material for 5 novels a year. Interesting when we break it down like that, isn’t it?
So, I guess these are my new goals. I need to start writing to write. I need to publish to publish. I need to create for the sake of creating. I’ve centered my whole day around this.
Since I am a librarian, I constantly feel as though I work in the storage facility of all the great writers. It’s the closest thing I can get to that natural, internal creativity. It’s the closest I can be to brilliance until some of it eventually rubs off. Let’s hope at least.
Do you all have specific methods for trying to finish a novel?