Don't worry this isn’t going to be a bragging post. I am pleased with myself, but I thought it might be useful to draw out the learning points, some of which may seem a little bizarre:1) A writing challenge is motivating.
2) It is possible to fit the writing of 1,000+ words a day around a busy family life.
3) The more you focus on your characters the more they with communicate with you.
4) The more you write about a story the clearer the plot seems to become.
5) Sometimes you have to write around a story to move forward. Those words may not get included in the final manuscript but they are beneficial for composting ideas.
6) It is useful to write from different viewpoints. I would thoroughly recommend having a go at these exercises.
- I had a go at documenting the emotions of both my hero and heroine and how they changed through the novel.
- I interviewed my main characters to discover more about their motivations and backstory.
- Sometimes I wrote the same scene from a different character's perspective.
I have to be careful that I don’t become a challenge junkie, as I enjoy first draft writing so much. This time I need to make sure I follow through and finish this novel.Have you any comments about my learning points or any other gems to share?