I Never Was Good at the Processes of Writing

Blog, Writing / Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I really need to find the motivation to finish my novel draft and then start outlining my Peace Corps book. I just can’t and I keep coming up with excuses for “better” things to do. Somebody please help.

For example, last month I wanted to write 30,000 words to finish my novel. I started and I wrote two days but I never really got going. My excuse was that j had to get my apartment and life in order before people came to visit and inevitably knock it off the rails once more.

This month, I’m busy with planning for Christmas and whatnot and it seems I have a lot planned for the weekends, more than usual. It’s not what I want, but I’m not complaining either.

Part of my problem, I think, stems from my poor writing process. I don’t outline. I never have so it doesn’t feel natural when I do. But this becomes a problem when I sit down to write and I don’t k ow what to say or where its going. I have a great tool for outlining, Scrivener, but I don’t ever use it.

Maybe this month should be dedicated to outlining the end of my novel and then next month will be spent filling in the details. I need to stop saying I’m going to do things and actually sit down and do them. Who is with me?

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