Thursday, 24 January 2019

Growing Ideas

January and February is referred to as the 'What's Next?' months that come after NaNoWriMo and for that reason, this month I started editing the first draft of my novel. I thought editing would be a lot easier and faster to do than it actually is. It is an extremely slow and mentally painful experience. It took me over 30 minutes to edit a total of TWO pages, so it has been quite the eye opening experience for me. However, it hasn't just been my eyes that editing has opened. It's opened my mind and imagination as well.

I've already had ideas for the next two novels in my head for quite a while now but a couple nights, completely out of the blue, a brand new eye idea came to. An idea that doesn't feature in my current world or evolve around my current characters. However, it does exist within the same universe. The more I thought about this new idea the more it grew and evolved. It opened the door to even more ideas as well. By the end of the night, I had a very rough idea for several novels and an idea of how to tie them all together. I mapped out seven different novel series, each with three novels (to start) within them, followed by an eighth series that combines all seven series together for one massive story that I split between three novels. The ideas were buzzing and my excitement was growing. However the next morning I realised that I'd set myself the task of writing 24 novels....
... It has taken me over two years just to write the first draft of one novel! IF - And this is a strong if - if, I managed to up my game and produce/publish one novel a year, it would still take me 24 years to reach the end of the eighth series. I would be 52/53 years old by then. I started to worry that maybe my idea was a little too ambitious and a bit beyond me but if I want to become a proper author, than 24 books by the time I'm in my 50's is actually a pretty damn good achievement! So I'm going to go for it!

Soon, i'll be sitting down and mapping out a strict writing schedule. I'll give myself a set amount of time to write each draft and a about a month(ish) to edit all the drafts. I hope to have the third (and hopefully final draft) written up and awaiting editing just before each November, where I'll start work on the first draft for the next novel during NaNoWriMo. The schedule is going to take a lot of messing with to make it work but now I've just got to discipline and motivate myself to work harder and get these ideas out into the world. It's nerve-wracking but exciting!

Until next time,
Alli xo


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