- It takes me a long time to plan a novel.
- I'm really anal about my notes.
- I hate naming stuff (note people but everything else).
- Planning is in fact necessary. I don't know how I forgot that.
- Writing in pencil is convenient.
- Eraser bits annoy me.
- People look at you funny when you're writing your notes.
When it comes to writing, I haven't really done that well in the last few years. I write every day. I write bits and pieces. I get great ideas that I do write down. I blog. But I haven't actually finished any project of significance. Either it's still an idea, it's half written, it's not typed, it's not something I want published. All real and valid reasons.
It bothers me that I haven't managed to actually finish anything in five years. All of my writing has been school related because by the time I'm done with school writing, I'm not really interested in focused "for fun" writing. Can you imagine the carpal tunnel?
I started trying to write my first novel when I was fifteen. It didn't go over very well. Neither did the second attempt. Or the fourth. By the time I attacked that story again, I'd planned, written and typed a completely different novel (that I will never look at again).
Christmas came around. I was seventeen. In a horrible twist of fate, I was scheduled to have my wisdom teeth, all four of them, surgically removed on the 22 of December. Merry f***ing Christmas everyone. Anyway, when the anesthesia wore off and I could feel my face again, I realized I was in for a really boring, frustrating couple of days. I swear, everyone made it their mission to eat in front of me. Back to the point. I started planning the novel I'd been thinking about when I was fifteen. I planned it to within an inch of its life. But I wrote the damn novel in its entirety. And it was good. Now I'd changed a lot, but for teenage me, it was good. I followed a similar though less intense format for my third novel. And I finished that one too. The main characters are probably my favourite characters out of all the characters I've written.
So, in spite of people staring and asking annoying questions, regardless of how long it takes and how much I really hate naming things, I'm going to plan this novel and it is going to get written. I'll just have to deal with the eraser bits!