If there is one thing I can take away from this project, it’s that writing is an art and a profession. To be a professional, there are guidelines that, if followed, gives readers that satisfaction you get from a well-written story. And getting there is never an accident but the product of hard work.
Hard work here means revision. There is no way that the 56k novel I’ve written is anywhere close to where I want it to be. To how I see it in my head.
Hard work also means learning. The last couple of weeks have been days of watching YouTube videos and reading any semi-decent article on noveling. I have settled on one that I really like because it appeals to the scientist in me – it’s called The Story Grid.
The Story Grid is an exhaustive scene-by-scene analysis of a novel. The progression from the beginning to the middle to the pay-off. It is an intense roadmap – I haven’t seen anything like it. But I know that if I diligently apply myself to its principles, I will come up with a very good draft.
So that’s where I’m at. I haven’t even started the descriptions and the prose. I am still up to the outlining of the novel. But everyday I write something as it relates to the outline. I’m still aiming for a 1,500-1,700 word count wveryday even if that’s no longer necessary.
I continue to seek inspiration from around me. 🙂
P.S. oh, the cliches. I read somewhere that you’d expect your first draft to be riddled with cliches. Because that’s where your mind automatically leads you to. So that’s the process of writing. First, you need to get all the cliches out of your system. Only then can you start afresh and open your mind to a world that is new and yours only.