I have news! I’ve begun a new novel, and I’m thrilled about it. It’s not the sequel to the novel I’m querying, however. Getting bogged down writing a series should be avoided until you know it will sell, so as not to spend ten years on it and then find out it isn’t marketable. My current work in progress is a young adult contemporary stand-alone novel set in Missouri, with a distinctly rural flavor. (I’m loving writing about my home state.)
Writing this one is quite a bit different from writing SILENCE. Since it’s stand-alone, I don’t have to plot out a series before really diving in. It’s also one point of view, instead of 2, and in first person, not third. SILENCE is on the long end of normal, at 101,000 words, and this one will probably be 50,000-60,000. We’ll see.
One of the most significant differences is that I’m writing this one in a 40-day writing marathon. I’m setting myself week-day and weekend word count goals and cutting out much of the extra things in my life to get a first draft pounded out by September 1. It won’t be a polished, finished product, but it will be something with a beginning, middle, and end. I have some trusty beta readers who are sending me immediate thoughts chapter by chapter, and I’m bouncing ideas off the incomparable Nikki, but beyond that, I’m not revising as I go.
I hit 10,000 words today and I’ve been writing for 4 days, so I’m on target so far. I hope to post several times about the tools I’m using to speed up my productivity and about my progress in general, so stay tuned. One of the biggest challenges will be my day job- I’m not able to take time off for this, so it has to fit in around my normal schedule. But I am loving, truly loving, seeing something take shape so quickly.
Have you ever done a writing marathon? Do you have advice or thoughts? Tell me in the comments!