A few years ago I attempted to write a novel during NaNoWriMo… it failed. School and my busy life overtook my writing time. They always get in the way.
I’ve attempted another one… it’s failing. Help! Even if there is a lot of bad literature out there, I have respect for those authors. They had the diligence to see the process the whole way through.
My novel is dystopian (I think), very weird, and extremely hard to explain. If you really want to know what it’s about, ask, but be prepared for a longggg confusing explanation.
I’m still working on the first draft, and maybe a little less than a quarter of the way through. I need to finish by June 29, 2013. Though this would seem like an extremely realistic goal, my life tends to takeover my time. School is my novel’s worse adversary, especially this year— senior year, senior thesis, 50 books to read for senior thesis, college applications, etc.
Many have said that the things worth doing are not easy. Although this is true, it doesn’t remove the difficulty of the journey. That being said, you should encourage anyone who is writing a novel to keep at it. Even a small bit of encouragement is very helpful.
Ok, so I provided myself with an ultimatum. I decided to force myself into a writing schedule, otherwise this novel will not get written by the time I would like it to. Not only is there the deadline of June 30, 2013, but I created a timeline (accounting for having less time during school and more in the summer).
February 18: have 3/4 written, summarize novel, talk to graphic designer
March 17: all of first draft written
March 18-31: re-read, preliminary editing (I need to fix it up before other people to tear it apart.)
April 1-May 27: editors read & edit
May 28-June 5: edit again using editors’ revisions
June 6-18: readers
June 1-28: reread, final editing
June 29: submit, design binding
July: on the market!
This is my plan.