The month of June is upon us! With that comes a lot of different meanings. But more on that in subsequent posts for the future. The big thing to focus on today is that I’ve reached the third and perhaps most pivotal of my self titled ‘Attacking the Novel’ blog series; and that is to actually write the dang thing.
Up until this point, I have been purposely breaking down this book process into as many pieces as needed to ensure that I handled it with a bit more structure than my NaNoWriMo attempts. I wanted to really do this right and thus attacked it like I would a project at work. The goal was to trick my brain into the same pattern that I go into for my day job and utilize some of the same management skills I would typically employ. So for the last three months I’ve taken the time to divide out different tasks that would bring me to this point:
- Taking the end of March to figure out my plan for attacking the novel in the first place.
- Using April to finally consolidate all of my disparate notes into one easy to locate spot as well as begin my very slow entry into social media for this blog’s sake.
- Ramping up in May to finally begin outlining the general plot, characters, and setting for my novel in order to make the actual writing process that much smoother.
Which brings us to now. The most important part. I plan on taking the months of June through August to write the book. Unlike NaNoWriMo, I want to take more time than a month to put this together. In addition to adding some cushion because of how things have begun to ramp up in the summer (my reading challenge is getting harder and harder), something about that timeline makes sense. It leaves four months at the end of the year for me to edit and hopefully allow other trusted eyes to comb over my completed work with helpful critique as well.
Adding all of that up, this entire process will end up around ten months. Give or take me slipping somewhere.
But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. After all, I’ve only just begun. But I’m excited about it. More updates this month as I start finally putting to electronic paper an idea that has been stuck in my head for over nine years!
Until next time.