It's peculiar to think about how breaking a story into the smallest of segments makes it a possible exercise.
What I have learnt so far...
- I have a tendency to get lost every 5 days (or 8,000 words) and drive myself crazy with a possible solution.
- As above implies, I am totally regretting not plotting my story. Or even thinking about it all that much before hand - AdeleFail.
- Dialogue has somehow become my favourite and easiest element...after years of it being my most loathed part.
- I am itching to edit.
- Don't include a sport (say bowling) into your story when you know NOTHING about it. You spend more time online trying to figure out what is supposed to be happening.
- Grade eight students are a fantastic resource in bowling knowledge.
- I don't have the time to re-read my previous pages and as such I think there will be giant flow and tone issues. I am psyching myself out about this already.
- Naming characters is super hard. My best friend character has changed names 5 times and with each version becoming increasingly traditional in choices. I am not kidding, first time around his name was Gangle - seriously, what was I thinking?
- Having a bitter shrewish character is a great release when you're in a foul mood.
- My love (read as sarcasm) of footy boys during my teen years has totally informed this novel.
- I freaked out last Sunday as I skipped two days as I couldn't think of what to write. I couldn't see myself catching up but I tried. I ended up pushing through the half way mark by writing 5k in one day. Go figure!
As I have tweeted, I don't see this novel seeing the light of day. I don't plan on sharing it with anyone as I consider it my dry run, my learning curve. It's not particularly cohesive but I have enjoyed reading it. I have also realised what kind of YA authors I want to be - contemporary and snarky in the vein of Jenn Echols and Elizabeth Scott. Not that I think I will ever be able to be that. It's the style of novel I like reading the most and echoes my own voice in normal life so it makes sense.
For me this has been a great realisation of my capabilities.
- I am not as bad as I thought I was, though an outside eye might disagree.
- I am capable of setting an established pace in my writing habits.
- Planning isn't my thing.
- I like writing dialogue.
- My family issues haven't popped up once in my character's family...peculiar.
- I draw from interesting places - already there's a Picnic in Hanging Rock, Grease and BBC reference. Weird.
- It's fun.
- Competition is good for the soul.
Now how about you?