I am 26k into the first draft of my novel. (I dread to think what my word count would be for personal and work emails - probably a couple of novels). That's 26k since January - for some people that is probably a low figure and to others it's a high figure. I think this number is OKAY - I don't write full time because I have to work full time and there is also a life to lead.
I haven't been planning on this novel. Not until this week. This week I sat down and write a one sentence summary of each chapter. The planning has helped - I can see the direction I want to head and my motivation is an all time high to get this novel finished. I want to put my member of the 'slow writer's club' on hold and attempt to finish this first draft.
I have been reading about 'fast drafting' and I have also been reading about NANOWRIMO (writing 50k in November). I just want these words out of my head and onto the page. They are going to be shitty sentences and I know for certain that there could be whole passages that do not make sense but hey, it's a first draft! No one is ever going to see those words!
So, deep breath, I am going to attempt to write as much as possible on my novel next month. Scary!
Do you have any tips for getting the words on the page?