Last week I documented steps 1-6 in my attempt to write a romance novel. You will see above that this post only has step 7. Only one step instead of 6? Have I been slacking? No. I have not.
It turns out step 7 is both incredibly straight forward and also, incredibly difficult: I must write.
The goal was to write 1-2k words a day and I’m within that number. Currently, I have 10,140 words written. Which is on average 1,448.6 words a day. Now, there were a few days over the weekend I didn’t write at all since I was on full-time kid duty (my favorite kind of duty). But I tried to make up for it other days.
Tips and Tricks
Over the past week, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that I will probably want to reference for the future, so here they are.
- Google Docs is my preferred processor to write in. I find that it’s easy to pull up on my phone or another computer (like if I’m at my parents’ house and both girls are napping)
- Originally, I put my outline at the top of my book document, but then I put it in its own separate document so it’s easy to refer to without tons of scrolling
- While getting into my groove, I’ve found that I like to write the chapter quickly for plot and then go back in and interject the personality and humor
Thoughts on the Future
- If I can keep up the 10k a week pace, I would have this book finished in 6 weeks. This seems both incredibly long and incredibly short.
- At some point I’m going to need to actually look into how publishing works. Do I self-publish or start the arduous task of finding an agent? Lauren Layne talks about the differences in this newsletter.
- When I’m about 2/3 done with the book, I plan on looking into RWA and Women’s Fiction Writers Association
- It’s going to be imperative that I find beta readers and a really good editor
- I’m terrified for revisions. There will obviously be a ton of rewriting and rethinking things. That’s just how writing works, but to me, that’s by far the hardest part
And so that’s it! Step 7 continues and will continue for the next 5-6 weeks at least. I’ll continue to post my progress. If anyone has any romance book editors they recommend, please send them my way.