What I’m Writing This Week

If I said that this week hadn’t gone to plan that would be a lie. NO I didn’t hit word-count target (I was 1,164 words out coming in at 3,836), but that’s not the weeks fault. That’s procrastination’s fault. I’ve not knuckled down as much as I should have. In fact, after having feedback on book outline, tweaking it, being happy with it, I saved it and sat on it. 

I’ve suddenly been VERRRYYYYY dedicated to ironing and cleaning out the hamster. Why? BECAUSE WHAT IF YOU HATE IT??
What if, I pour my heart, soul, blood sweat and tears, plus ignore my family from now until May, and you hate it? So I drank some gin (and some wine, and ate some melted cheese) and poured my heart out to Mr Aimee and he reminded me that I had the same wobble with Dottie all the way back when I was creating Survival of the Ginnest. 
“I KNOWWW!” I whined,  “but this isn’t the sammmmeeee, that was just a NOVELLA.”
So he reminded me that Dottie (Mothers Ruined) wasn’t ‘just’ a novella. It was a full novel. 
SHUT UP THAT’S NOT THE POINT. Was what I wanted to say, but instead I ate the last bit of garlic bread and tried to explain that Dottie is fun to write. Dottie is easy to write. Dottie is natural and not scary. She’s not offensive, or deep, or all that. She’s FUN, she makes people laugh, you can’t dislike Dottie in the same way as Clarissa and Betty. These are characters I’ve been thinking about for ages, you might not like them. 
So then he said “Well, are you going to risk it? Or are you going to quit.”
I hate that he’s sensible. So I went back and looked at the quote I have printed out and stuck in front of me for days like these.
 Plus, like my very special friend always reminds me. 
THE FIRST DRAFT IS ALWAYS SHIT. This is more reassuring than it sounds.
 So this week, I aim to hit that 5,000 and I better bloody well do so, otherwise he’s going to put the gin on a high shelf where I can’t reach it. Wish me luck, and good luck to you lot this week.
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  1. Chrissie (Kristina)

    The first draft is always shit! Yep, yep, yep. Even my first drafts are shit and I’m AWESOME! (Oh, that means everything I write is… let’s not go there!)
    HAHAHAHA. (I am VERY tired)
    Some people are going to hate what you write. Some people aren’t. Dottie is fun, yes, but she has her moments. That doesn’t make Clarissa or Betty any less likable. Just makes them different.
    Your wordcount is looking good, btw
    (And thanks for linking up with #whatimwriting x)

  2. Maddy@writingbubble

    I was laughing out loud as I read this – something about whiny conversation with Mr and the way you kept grabbing for food and drink throughout! very familiar. I’d kill for some melted cheese right now actually only I’m supposed to be going to bed soon and doesn’t it give you nightmares or something?

    Anyway. Brilliant quotes. I’m currently writing a whole heap of shit so it’s reassuring to know it’s supposed to be that way. And losing the fear of being wrong s important in all aspects of life.

    Your new characters might not be as ‘likeable’ as Dottie but then that could be a good thing. Likeability doesn’t always make me bond with a character (I did like Dottie though!) Sometimes a bit of darkness adds to the pull of a character and a book. Good luck with your target this week. Thanks for linking to #whatImWriting xxx

  3. Sophie Lovett

    Oh I hear you! Self doubt and procrastination all the way, and if it’s accompanied by wine and melted cheese then all the better. Sounds like you’ve got to the right place though – we basically just have to get on with it! I’m in the process of making my protagonist more likeable incidentally after the beta readers I trust most told me she’s horrible. Ho hum… X

  4. Mummy Tries

    I think the fear of rejection is what stops most of us doing most things lovely. Even more so when it comes to writing. I hate it that the husbands are always right, damn them!

    Best of luck with hitting your word count this week, hope he doesn’t put the gin up on the high shelf πŸ˜‰ #whatimwriting

  5. Emily Organ

    I love those quotes, I’ve pinned lots on a board on Pinterest to look at when I get these moments. I’ve heard people call them cheesy and I suppose they are, but they do work. Hopefully the actual cheese and gin have worked too. Good luck with reaching your target this coming week, I feel your pain as I have had many of those conversations with my husband (e.g. ‘I’ve given up on the book, it’s rubbish, no one will read it, etc)

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I love that Pearce quote; I keep saying I could/would never write a novel, I’m a short (non) fiction kind of girl… but I suspect there is more than a little fear of trying in that statement πŸ™‚ Hope you hit your word count this week x #whatimwriting

  7. Morgan Prince

    I love the quote – may have to have that somewhere in my office!
    First drafts are supposed to shit – they’re just about getting the ideas out in some form. The magic happens when you turn that shit into gold! πŸ˜‰
    Good luck with the word count targets this week. xx

  8. sadie hanson

    ….. and that is exactly the reason my second draft is a rewrite because the first is er, well, er, um…. I don’t think you really begin to see the story until the second and subsequent drafts. But you have to write your self through that all important first draft – there’s no escaping it. X

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