First off: is ‘novelling’ a word? Because the dictionary does not have it in it and I really think it should be a word. Like…
1. the activity of writing a novel in one’s spare time, often characterized by one screaming, pulling their hair out, and hoping that pantsing or outlining works better than the other.
( It really should be a word. I should just devote my time to making words or definitions. Then I would at least have a job. )
Well. In news: I hit 7k on my novel, aka Untitled Project, because I am lazy and cannot come up with a name for the life of me. It’s the first in a series ( hopefully ) about a pair of cousins who are dragged into the faerie world. And as previously mentioned, there will probably be a dragon. And lots of food because food is good. I like to think that it is kind of Percy Jackson but with Celtic myths instead of Greek myths and two narrators.
Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of novelling / writing recently. Yes, this is characterized by me pulling my hair out, wanting to slam my head on my desk, desiring spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, bouncing plot ideas off my sister ( Sam ) and my best friend ( Lolita, who is literally the best beta reader / idea bouncer on earth ), and several other things, that many a non writer probably find incredibly strange.
I’m 87% convinced my sister thinks I’m insane. I honestly can’t blame her.
I have been working on this novel since late October and I have 12 pages in OpenOffice. This probably the longest I have actually plotted a novel prior to writing it… and also probably the longest I have ever spent on a novel aside from my very first novel. Usually I lose muse for my novel and abandon it at 20 or 30 pages, never to see the light of day again. Plus, this is also the first novel I have somewhat outlined that is actually getting written. Yay me.
To be honest? The goal is to be able to try querying by the end of this year. It’s the second month of the year. Two months down, ten more to go.
I guess if I could actually bring myself to write on the weekends instead of wasting my free time on Tumblr or Pinterest, I’d probably have a larger word count. Hmm, maybe I ought to change that.
So! If there is anyone reading this, tell me: what are your “novelling” pursuits like? Do you write every day? Are you a weekend novelist? Do you reward yourself with chocolate or cake or something? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you spend too much time on the Internet researching your novel?
( hope to see you again soon !! )