“Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day. It helps.” — John Steinbeck
I read this quote at the start of this very month, and my ickle brain did a thought. The thought was, I am going to do that.
For months, I have wanted to direct more attention to writing fiction. A few months ago, I spoke to a friend about novel writing. He hypothesised that a writer needs to complete a couple (or more) novels before getting desired results. So far, I have written one novella.
I imagine that there are exceptions to this, however this statement resonated with me. After all, I wrote lots of bad poems before writing good uns. I wrote lots of bad songs before writing good uns. Etc.
The Steinbeck quote, along with my desire to write fiction, and the conversation with my pal, prompted me to write a page a day. The loose goal is to write a coherent novel. I have not planned anything, but have loose character and scenario ideas.
So far this is going well. At the very least, I am practicing, and working on a long-term project. I also find that writing in small chunks on a consistent basis keeps me “close to the story”. I am also writing notes alongside the document to maintain detail and consistency.
Are you a writer undertaking a similar project? Are you a writer interested in undertaking a similar project? Let me know! I’d love to hear differing thoughts and opinions on the process.
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Reblogged this on Surviving the Struggle to Success. and commented:
I wrote a lot of bad stuff…hell, I still write a lot of bad stuff.