The exhaustion of writing this fast has hit.
To give you an idea, I’ve written 96k in 40 writing days.
The first few days were hectic.
I doubted myself and wondered if I should keep going. I stopped writing for a few days to get my head right. I hit points where I had to take a day to work through things.
Luckily those days weren’t many and out of the 40 days, its been 46 calendar days since I started.
As I said in the last post, I’ve written this one with an outline and a beat sheet. I’ve followed each beat and knew where I needed to be in the story by that beat.
It’s changed I look at writing, how I construct everything about the story. I used to be a pantser and had almost no luck with an outline.
I felt stilted.
Then I realized that I could write to the beat. I could do whatever I wanted with the people in the story as long as I hit the points I needed to and reached the beats within a couple of thousand words, which I’ve done.
When I wrote on Tuesday morning I realized I’d written more in this first draft than I’d written in any of the previous 10 books I’ve written.
It is the longest book I’ve written and I’ve followed the outline and beat sheet perfectly.
It will change how I construct stories in the future as well as how I work on any project going forward.
This project has been more fun than anything I’ve written and felt like it was writing itself for most of the draft.
I know for any project that comes after it, I’ll have to sit down and plan out the beat sheet. The outline will take a minimum of three weeks, and more than likely more.
After this draft is done, it will sit for six weeks while I work on short stories and plan out what to work on next.
There is one major thing I’ve learned from this process.
No one knows you better than yourself. People can tell you what you should write, or what they believe you should write. Maybe even that they think they know you. But the truth is no one but you knows you.
Always trust yourself in your writing and write what you would enjoy, not anyone else.