When I last wrote, I had 10,000 words. Now I have 23,000. That’s an extra 13,000 words in three week, so I’m basically averaging 4,333 words a week (who knew there’d be math involved in writing a book). It’s not bad but it’s not great. I’m actually surprised I have been writing that much since it’s mostly a nighttime activity. Hopefully when I actually go back and re-read, it’s coherent.
It’s hard not to get ahead of myself with this book. It would be so easy to look towards the future and what needs to happen next because there is SO much. In fact, just yesterday Lauren Layne, my favorite romance author posted an instagram picture of her new book…
Immediately I went down a rabbit hole of googling. Do I need a romance storyboard? Scene list? Beat sheet? Hero journey map?
Here were a few good articles I found during my “research”:
Here is a storyboarding article which was interesting but way over my head at this point.
This scene list article shows a JK Rowling example! I was sold.
Wondering what a hero journey map is? Look no further.
I already have a beat sheet, which is basically a summary of all your characters and a short blurb and their physical and personality traits.
The long and short of it is, I have a long way to go. About 1/3 of the book is written. Before I can even think about what comes after the book (SO much editing), I have to finish.
Here’s hoping I improve this 4,333 words a week pace, and have the willpower to stop googling about what I’m doing wrong, and instead focus on what I’m doing right – writing.
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