Today, I started writing my new novel.
I’ve been planning this story over several months using the snowflake method. This is a departure from my earlier attempts at novels, which were all planned quite loosely and subsequently crashed and burned. Honestly, I’m feeling quite confident that this story will be the one, so to speak. I can only hope that this confidence will turn out to be justified.
For quite some time, I’ve had a full plot summary sitting from my compute which ran from beginning to end; however, I recently decided that I wasn’t happy with it and subsequently started to write a new one. I honestly think that this new one is a huge improvement over the old, except for the small issue that I now have no idea how to end it. Since further snowflakeing doesn’t seem to be getting me anywhere, I’ve now decided to just see what happens when I try writing the thing. If that doesn’t work, then…well, I’ll think about that if and when the situation calls for it, I think 😉
So what am I writing, you may ask? I’ll keep things vague for now, but the novel is a science fiction piece with a working title of “The Aurora Experiment”. Parasitic creatures are involved, which probably isn’t much of a surprise given this blog’s title.
At the end of today’s writing session, I reached 795 words – slightly lower than I was hoping for, but hardly bad. I’m hoping to average a thousand a day before long, because that way I should have the first draft done before I start my PhD. I’m probably going to keep a running tally from now on, if only because I think this’ll motivate me to keep at it.
It’s going to be a long road, but I think it’ll be a fun road all the same. Onwards, I say!