A lot of my friends ask me what writing’s like and I tell them that writing is constantly being frustrated. Either you’re stumped on a scene, a character, or something about the story – something is always puzzling you.

I was hoping to get three chapters done this month, and reasonably expecting two, but closing out November, it looks like I’m only hitting one: Chapter 4. Obviously, this is a bit frustrating. I can’t have too many months like this if I want to launch this book next year. If anyone is counting, I’ve got 4 chapters written out of my anticipated 30. Only 26 more to go. Really still hoping to get this out to everyone by September. Remaining optimistic but I’m not afraid to push the date back either. I’ll never sacrifice quality just to get something out there.

The good news: The chapter that I did write was quite difficult. It was an introduction of a new character and I was stuck on it for some time but I finally think I cracked it. Now that I have a better feel for who these characters are and their dynamic, I’m hoping to cover a little more ground in December.

My goal for December is to continue honing my voice. I know that’s kind of abstract but I’m honestly still tweaking things in terms of my overall style and how it affects the tone of the work. Also, hitting a respectable chapter count would be nice as well 🙂 Here’s hoping.

I’ll check back with you in December.

-Peter

Last month, I told you that I wound up scrapping my work. Well, no more looking back, October was the first month of writing in this new direction of my novel. Overall, I feel really good about it. It’s good, clean work. The novel is going to be different. It’s going to read different, it’s going to feel different than the other novels out there.

Looking at my pace this month, I wrote two chapters. I want to be able to get to three chapters a month, but I’m not going to force it either. At this point, I’m abandoning hitting a daily word count, and simply focusing on time plus effort.

I probably won’t be soliciting feedback from anyone for this. I truly think I just need to incubate this and put in the hard work in solitude before I release anything out to the world. Thinking about doing a solid draft, and then going out for notes.

Oh, and I’m not forcing myself to follow the treatment as it’s written. I got a solid route I can take, but I’m also giving myself room for improvement. I’m letting myself be carried away by the story a bit as my understanding of the true story starts to unfold.

Another thing is sacrifice. I can’t go out and play too much if I wanna give everyone the story they deserve. That means no drinking or partying for a while, but I guess it’s high time for that. I gotta buckle down and grind out this novel.

November, I’m looking to continue putting in the hours, staying focused, writing quality material. If all goes well, I’ll be messaging everyone in a month and saying I did exactly this.

-Peter