6 Months to a Completed First Draft

Introduction

The idea of writing a fiction novel has been both a dream and a fear for the past year or so.

As I wrap up work on my latest non-fiction book, I feel more drawn to fiction and the desire to finally write this book. I want to write this book but still, have time to enjoy life and it’s moments. This means the book will have to be pushed out and written with organised plans rather than a NaNoWriMo approach, for example.

The question is can it be done in 6 months?

The 3 Big Needs

I think it can with 3 big needs that are addressed up front and given due consideration. These 3 needs form the basis of any writing project and can be the backbone that holds the project together.

Discipline

Writing is not for the faint-hearted and it does take focus and discipline to reach your final word count or page goal.

Discipline falls into two categories

  • Self
  • Other

Being able to hold yourself accountable is a skill and a tool. I often feel guilty if I do not reach a desired goal. The goal sits on my mind until I do it. What is your minds way of holding you accountable?

Having an external accountability partner/group can help you push forward if life upsets or changes your writing routine. I like to be held accountable by my community. I value their time and contributions, so I tell them what I’m up to to get their input and advice. Who can you reach out to for accountability?

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Attitude

I’m also going to attach mindset here because I think it is very important and goes hand in hand with attitude.

If you asked me about mindset 6 months ago I would have laughed! I didn’t think it mattered. Now I see just how wrong that thinking is! I work on my mindset daily and I push myself to understand how I can improve my thoughts – and in turn, my life.

A positive attitude does much to help the challenges and problems become minor and doable. When you write, you almost guaranteed to have at least one stumbling block!

Structure

I like to call structure – outline – instead. It’s the same thing, however, it’s the roadmap to get you from word one to ‘the end’. Those elusive two words that both encourage and destroy a writer.

I have several books that I have started writing. They have never reached ‘the end’. That’s ok! As a writer, you will get unfinished works. You may even go back to them.

Having an outline helps you reach your milestones easier and are flexible to allow for family, friends and self-care.

Conclusion

Do you want to see what the milestones are to a 6 month-plan and how I’m getting on? Come join my free Facebook community for women writers and share in the journey!

These 3 things make up the ‘heart’ of a 6-month plan. It’s exciting yet filled with unknowns especially – is it possible?

 

What do you think about a 6-month writing plan?

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