My trilogy is currently sitting at 316,078 words, which amounts to 732 Microsoft Word pages. It’s all in a single doc. A few people I’ve chatted to seem to think that you need some fancy writing software to write something length, but that’s simply not the case. Here’s what I do, and hopefully it can help you too.
Yesterday was my final day of a five-day mini-“staycation” and it’s the only day that actually felt like a day, but because I literally spent the entire day rushing around trying to cram in all the stuff I meant to do on the other four days.
I mean “beat” in the present tense, of course. Because beating procrastination is an ongoing battle. For someone prone to procrastination, there’s no such thing as winning. You’re pretty much working against your own brain constantly in order to get important things done.
You have a brilliant new idea, you’re just itching to write. It’s so easy for the first few pages… and then it becomes gradually more difficult. So you give up. Sound familiar? Every author has been there.
So how do you defeat the twin foes, Sir Procrastination and the fabled beast Self Doubt?
A year ago I shared a portrait of my main character, Tarra. Now, in honour of our anniversary, I thought I’d share some of the doodles and drawings I’ve done of her and her universe over the course of a year.
I don’t finish projects, or computer games, or even TV series. So how on Earth have I managed to stick with this novel for this long? Well, I’ve given it some thought and I’ve put those thoughts into writing here in hopes that they can help others like me.