Keeping a Novel Diary
I think keeping a diary as you write a novel can be a really good thing for your next book. I’m working on my rough draft and struggling a bit right now. I started wondering today, is this how I always feel when I’m writing a rough draft?
And then I remembered, I took notes in a notebook while writing a rough draft back in 2010. So I pulled it out, and sure enough, my notes then reflect how I’m feeling now:
Word Count 5753: At this point I feel like the novel is pointless. I’m wondering if I should pull the plug or keep going. Frustrated.
Word Count 7235: I want to go back to the beginning and fix it because it is a mess, but I know better. Just make notes and drudge through. [I was writing NaNo style]
Word Count 8536: I took a few days off to brainstorm because my story is going nowhere. Very frustrating and wondering if this is how I did my other stories and wondering if this will ever be a story. I’m brainstorming by writing by hand. I have 5 pages. I’m also thinking while I clean, while I take a bath, etc. This is day 2 of brainstorming, and I finally smiled.
And so on my notes go. My thoughts and emotions go up and down throughout the entire rough draft. So by going over past-Dorlana’s notes, I see that this is just my process – the story doubts, the frustration. Now I see that I have to push through it and eventually I’ll smile. And I remember plot-smiles, that’s when a twist or something finally clicks together, and they are so worth the struggle.
Love and Laughter,