Writing A Novel Is Hard: My Journey So Far


“It’s important to note your progress when taking on a task such as writing a book. I’ve always been the kind of person that was more comfortable with the idea versus the execution. However, as of late, I have been putting my time and effort into creating a novel that is exactly the way I want it to be. I am putting off the fine tuning for later and giving my ideas a voice. I hit my 10,000 word mark over the weekend and this is the first time in a long time I’ve gotten this far and have the drive to continue.” 

No piece of work is ready the first time around. That is a lesson that took me a while to grasp. i’ve always spent too much time editing a page rather than writing four. As much as it bothered me, that my work may not currently be up to par, I have managed to get four chapters of content I am happy with. I haven’t taken the time to change a thing, nor have I scrapped the whole thing (Something I have done quite a lot in the past). 

As I write this, I am well into beginning chapter five of a novel with a storyline even I didn’t expect. (Those are the best!) Even though, I am aware of all the things that I may want to change as time progresses, I made a list and stashed it away. It will get done once the novel has given me some closure, once I’ve finally made it to the end. It makes me think back to all the times I’ve done NaNoWriMo and how much I’d push myself to get it done to meet that 50,000 word mark. The question I asked myself lately was, “Why don’t I give myself deadlines anymore?” I have begun to do just that, and I work hard to meet those deadlines.

I really do appreciate structure. I appreciate having a set plan with a goal in sight. Of course, there will always be circumstances that could potentially throw me off schedule. However, as of late, I’ve been making ample time for what makes me happy, for what makes me feel better. Writing makes me feel better. When I’m stressed or frustrated, the first thing I do is channel that frustration into something worthwhile. Let your characters deal with it. I’ve come a long way where my writing is concerned, and I know I have quite the way to go. Though, nothing is more satisfying than slowly reaching your end goal.

Love, Anisa Nasir (3)


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