For some time now I’ve flirted with the idea of recording a summary of each day’s novel-writing session. I think I’ll give it a go. This means I will use Screencast-O-Matic’s tools to record my actions within Scrivener, my writing software of choice. My idea portends a long journey.
My goals are three-fold. The first is to create a journal of sorts that attempts to capture the pains and pleasures I encounter along the way. The second is to inspire, motivate, and encourage others who want to write a novel but simply do not know where to start. The third is to share some idea, insight, technique, or method with the beginning novelist (those who’ve decided to take the plunge) that teaches something practical and helpful about the fiction writing craft, thereby improving the odds their first novel becomes a reality.
I realize my writing process may be of no interest to anyone, nor may it be helpful even if interesting. The truth is, every writer is different and has to develop his or her own process of getting words on the page. But hopefully, one thing will become evident no matter the writer or the chosen process: writing a novel is time-consuming, tedious, confusing, and frustrating. In sum, it’s a difficult job, a downright messy business.
This is your formal invitation to join the party, and hopefully to begin writing your own novel.