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Ten Chapters

I had officially started this writing project on September 13th, 2020 after dreaming of these characters stories for over a decade now. It has only been two weeks. Fifteen days to be exact. I don’t understand how Time works because I have just finished my draft of Chapter 10.

I have ten chapters written of my first novel just within fifteen days.

My mind is blown.

Part of me wonders why I didn’t start sooner. Yet the other part of me knows exactly why. I think I’ve gone through a lot of life experiences that have helped shaped a better narrative/plot of the story. As I work through the first draft I’m feeling rather good that I can articulate all these flashes of thoughts in my head into something readable. Of course I know that I am a ruthless editor so by the time I get to the end product it will be very different but alas, ten chapters of content exist.

I have never felt so elated about writing before.

Also as I think about this milestone I’ve been reflecting on my original plan. I had originally planned to start writing chapters on October 1. It’s amazing how giving these characters such little autonomy has come to this.

Ten chapters.

Wow.

I’m feeling hopeful that I may be able to finish a first draft before the end of the year. Perhaps even before fall ends but I know that’s ambitious. Maybe ambitious is what I need though.

One thing that I have learned is that writing this novel is a discipline. I have to show up everyday whether I want to write or not. I suppose I rationalize that the time is going to pass anyways. Even if I can squeeze out 500 words that’s 500 more words written down. That however hasn’t been the case. I’m in the upwards of 2k-4k when I sit to write depending my mood and the flow of the words.

I suppose everything in the universe has just conspired for this to be the right time to do this project. I’m holding on to that momentum as I continue forwards.

I think I will be closing out the first act of this novel by the end of the week. I hadn’t even planned to have chapters done yet!

This is all so very exciting.

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