This is a series I’m starting on my writing journey this year as I work on writing my first book. The reason I decided to write this was because I would have found something like this extremely helpful when I was first thinking of writing my book. There are a lot of resources out there that preach about writing a certain amount of words every day and being very productive. All that information was very daunting and not necessarily realistic for all writers in the world. I want to highlight that you can be a writer and take a long time to write, not write for days or even weeks, procrastinate, and be perfectly imperfect. Basically, if you love writing you are a writer.
I’ll upload posts biweekly documenting how it’s going, where I’m at in the process, if I make any changes, materials and programs I’m using, etc. I’m doing it differently than I usually do by breaking the whole process down instead of just trying to write the book right away. In the past, I’ve found the entire concept of writing a book completely overwhelming leading to a lot of procrastination. But I’ve had this book idea in my mind for a few years now and I really want to see it completed.
As part of my new years’ goals, I’m going to be focussing on specific parts of the writing journey as I write my book. I’m breaking it down into three big categories so far:
If I decide that I need to add something to that list, I’ll do that when necessary. But for now this is what I am working with. Since those three topics are really big I would also break them down into subcategories like:
I’ve found that the smaller the task or goal is the easier it is to get started on it. If my goal was to complete the world-building for my novel, I would be too overwhelmed to even know where to start. Then the procrastination would kick in and I would never get to work on my book. However, if my goal was to research the geography of Northern India, for example, I would be a lot more inclined to work on it. The more specific a goal is the easier it is for me to wrap my mind around and complete.
I’m really excited to start working on my novel again, but this time with a fresh outlook on the process.