Closing the chapter on Year One and starting Year Two of Writing a Book
I reached the end of the first year of One Book One Year back in February. I’ll be completely honest with you; it ended with a whimper.
There was a definite pattern at play and the pace of the One Book One Year blog testifies that, as with so many of my writing projects, it started well then began to fade. It’s a case in point of a lot of the issues I was talking about in Year One. Without laboring the issue, my aim here is to draw a quick circle around Year One and learn from it. Here are my biggest points of failure:
- Lack of planning ahead
- Fits and bursts of writing, with an excellent start, that tailed off
- Interrupted by holiday and never recovering
- Change in office/writing space and failure to adapt
- Writing ritual not observed
- Narrative shifted and changed under me
And these are the successes, or best take aways from Year One:
- I can write
- Started with a strong idea that really took on a life of it’s own
- Despite actual word count, I kept a cohesive story running
- Rediscovered the genuine drive and thrill of writing again
- Kept the momentum going to continue this project and keep going
So that’s it in a bottle. I wrote the guts of a novel but never finished. I didn’t have the consistency and focus.
How does this change in Year Two?
Well, immediately I’m putting into effect a good few new rules and tactics – I’ll be detailing these over the next few blogs. I’m keeping some of them from last year, ditching others and creating new ones.
I’ve played with a bunch of ideas on how to progress, from totally shelving this first book and starting anew, to considering a separate side story, or knuckling down into short stories, or rethinking my format and loads of others. But I’ve made the decision to stick with it, to not give up on the idea, follow it through and complete the book. It doesn’t matter any more if the first draft is a bunch of arse, it just has to be a first draft.
I’m going to rewrite the book. Break it all down from the get go and work through like the methodical machine I know I can be. April 1st is a great starting point, because it’s good to start with a joke.
And that is that.
TL/DR (too long/didn’t read)
- I failed Year One, but also had successes.
- I’m rewriting the book, starting in April.
Thanks for reading!
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