Leta’s Creative Writing: A Wizard’s Guide to Gardening Update 3

Time for a quick writing update!

I’ve fallen completely off of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in favour of other things. Mostly knitting, since I decided that I’m making my friends gifts this year.

I feel good about this, though. I realized that the NaNoWriMo structure is way too stressful for me to use. I end up feeling frustrated and unable to fix the things I need to fix before I can move forward. This is another important realization for me to have. It means I won’t be waiting until November before getting motivated to write. I have to sit down and write every day in order to get to the end. And if there are days I need to rewrite or edit during the first draft, I need to allow myself to do that. I can’t have that many rules about writing.

Because the only rule is: WRITE.

I’m working on rewriting the 18,375 words that I did write in the first 15 days of November. I’m going to rearrange the chapters after that, since I was all over the place as I frantically tried to get words on the page. After that, I can start making a plan for what still needs to be written and what my actual goal is going to be. And it isn’t going to be a word goal, I don’t think. It’ll be based on the number of scenes I need to write. Then I can have a goal of writing a scene a day or something like that.

I have a few characters that need fleshing out as well, so that a few subplots can be hammered out and fit into the major plot of the story.

A Wizard’s Guide to Gardening is going to be beautiful. But I have to allow myself to create it in my own way for it to reach that. My friend was gracious enough to give me deadlines for my first draft and final drafts: June 1st, 2022, and September 1st, 2022, respectively. Honestly, I have no idea if these are realistic based on where I am now, but I’m going to do my very best to make them happen.

Alright, that’s it for me today. I’ll give one more update at the end of the month and hopefully I’ve made some progress by then. Thanks for reading!


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