The NOVEL: UPDATE #15 – How My 8 Hours Writing Went

In my last post I committed myself to working on Tabula for a full eight hours on Boxing Day and I’m pleased to report I done got it done. Not the novel! Just the eight hours.

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(slightly) less true now

It was exhilarating to treat creative writing like a full-time job, if only for one day, and it has borne a lot of juicy imagination fruits. Of course, there are the three chapters I completed that day. But the after-effects of spending a day with my characters and their world were an unexpected secondary reward. My brain seemed to be flooded with the subject matter so that for three days afterwards I was going to my laptop every hour or so to jot down new ideas or with a revelation about a character’s backstory or a solution to a troublesome plot point.

Unless a grant comes through I don’t imagine I’ll be doing 8 hour shifts on my novel too often. Buuuuut I did pick up full time work for the first time in five years and that bit of stability will make a huge difference! The plan is to get in eight hours of writing each work-week and make every other Sunday an eight hour shift (rewarded by dinner at my fave burger joint wheeeeeeee); if I can stick to that progress will move from slow and erratic to slow and steady. Supposedly that’s one way to win the race.

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Is this the best burger I’ve ever eaten? Yes it is!

When I made my first post about Tabula more than a year ago I thought the first draft would be finished by now. But financial hardship. moving house three times, and a bunch of other drama scuppered those plans. But now, with stable work, a stable living situation, and a number of toxic motherfuckers cut right out of my life, I’m setting a new goal to finish the draft by NYE 2018. So once more, WISH ME GRIT!

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