First Day of My Novel Writing Month

Yesterday was the first day of my novel writing month, and as you can see from the following timeline, I went right to work!!

5:30 pm Got on computer. Checked emails.

5:40 pm Checked Facebook. Made a couple of comments and responded to a message.

5:45 pm Played game of Solitaire.

5:48 pm Exchanged texts with a friend.

5: 53 pm Played another game.

5:58 pm Opened a document in MS Word and started this list.

6:00 pm Finally opened manuscript. Yay!

I made the few edits to the manuscript that my first reader found, scanned the last bit that I’d written all those years ago, and finally remembered What the Screams Were All About.

The last time I looked at the manuscript, it seemed as if I’d postponed writing a needed chapter between my poor character running from a horde one morning and waking up to screams the following morning, which I did not want to write so I put the book away again. On rereading the screaming excerpt, I realized an interim chapter would dilute the impact of the screams. (Probably why I hadn’t written the chapter in the first place, though it’s hard to remember when the manuscript is more than a decade old.)

Oddly, not writing the chapter makes me feel as accomplished as if I’d written. More so, actually, since it’s what the story needs.

Although I’d added only a few words to the book, by 7:15, I felt as if I’d done a whole days work.

So far, today all I’ve done is write this post about writing my book. Does that count as my writing stint for the day? No. I didn’t think so.

I’ll get started right away.

Oh, wait — is that the ping of a text I hear?

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

7 Responses to “First Day of My Novel Writing Month”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    You sound like me. I get sooo easily distracted from writing. It’s a wonder sometimes that I get anything done.

  2. Carol J Forrester Says:

    This sounds rather familiar.

  3. Kathy Says:

    When I first started writing, it took me all day – about 4 pm – before I could face the page. I got better at it as time went on. Funny to look back on that time now. But that was newbie fear, which is different than the usual writer’s procrastination. These days I have the best of intentions to write a novel but when I sit down at my computer in what is now my music studio, I create music instead. After participating in my first FAWM (February Album Writing Month) I’ve surrendered to music over books. Not that this is of any interest – lol – but I guess I want to make it official – music is my first love and I have so much to learn. As a fellow artist, I encourage you to keep writing. Sometimes all it takes is to open the document. But unplugging might help, too. Get off FB – lol – use one of those software programs that blocks sites if you have to. I’m far more productive now that I’m off – far happier, too! As much as I love reading your blog and want to keep reading it, I have to say I’m more productive writing when I don’t dilute writing energy that way, although it can be a writing warm-up. What the heck am I going on about? Lol! Have a great Writing Month and I look forward to reading about your progress!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Of course this is of interest! Obviously of interest to you, but to me, too. It’s great that you found a love for music, and it’s great you discovered that’s what you want to do. I will take your advice about opening the document. If I can’t think of anything to say after staring at it for an hour, well, so be it, but at least I will have done something.

  4. SheilaDeeth Says:

    Do you suppose I could count deleted words as an achievement too? I’m about to delete two whole chapters from my WIP. And suddenly I’m feeling much better about it. Thank you!


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