Writing a story a chapter a day is… interesting, to say the least.
In the past I have always just sat down to write, and worried about chapters later. I have also, where possible, just kept on writing, getting those words out while they were flowing. This time, I’m not. I’m limiting myself. Once I reach the word count for the day, I wrap up my chapter (well usually I’m starting to wrap it up before hand), and stop.
Why? Well, mostly because I wrote over 100,000 words just over 6 months ago, and this time I just want to take it easy – go with the flow. It’s a very different way for me to write, and I don’t like it, and I may well change in the coming weeks, and simply get the story written. However I choose to continue with Camp Nano however, I do not intend to write too much more than 50,000 words.
But I have come across a competition. It’s for a novella – 20,000 to 50,000 words with the theme of ‘origin’. It’s only for writers in Aus and NZ, so apologies to all you folk living in other parts of the world – but for those interested – here’s the link: http://seizure.submishmash.com/submit
When I started CampNano I didn’t actually intend to enter this. I’d seen it, but had no idea what to write about. Still the idea must’ve been lurking somewhere in the recesses of my brain because today I began writing about my characters origins. She thinks she knows them, you see, but it turns out she doesn’t. For the moment – neither do I (although I have some vague ideas), so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Stay tuned…
2 thoughts on “One Chapter at a time…”
I like the Camp Nano badge, Heather 😀
I have to say, I love writing a chapter a day when I’m working on a novella. I typically write 1000 – 2000wds in one character’ POV and it might be one or 2 scenes, but I find the chapter rounds itself out neatly by itself this way.
Later when I’m editing, I go through and combine the chapters, but I find it handy in the 1st draft to have the shorter chapters b/c it’s easy to track the scenes and go back if necessary.
Good Luck with the novella comp – I wish I could enter too! ‘Origins’ is an interesting theme 🙂
Thanks Kelly! 🙂 I do find that the chapter is wrapping itself up around the 1667 word mark, which is quite handy. 🙂