This post is kinda a lie and I’m totally cheating by using that title to drag you in here.
But hear me out.
I did write a novel in three months, my newly finished urban fantasy Silver. It’s 63,000 words, but 27,000 of those I wrote during November for Nanowrimo when I was going at a freight train speed (which than crashed and burned because you can see I never reached 50,000 during that month).
So…after I finished the Green Crow back on May 31st (a day ahead of schedule guys!!!) I started to work on Silver again.
TWO MORE MONTHS AND I WAS DONE.
People have written novels quicker than this, but this is pretty quick and REALLY quick for me.
How did I do it?? What magic formula did I use???? TELL ALL THE SECRETS!!
There. Aren’t. Any. Magic. Formulas.
I mean, there are formulas. There are ways to write a novel. But….I think your mindset is the most important. And the proper amount of outlining.
Here’s how I did it with Silver.
I wrote scene by scene on flashcards (not too detailed, just basic plot structure). They got me through Nanowrimo, and then I lost them.
And……never found them again. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUNNNN.
Really I have no clue what I planned out. BUT, I had a basic, kinda, pretty sure idea where the story was going, and that was enough.
The thing is, I just. Didn’t. Care.
Was the writing bad? Maybe. Was there underdeveloped backstory? Heck yes. Plot holes? DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT IT MY HEAD IS SPINNING.
But I kept writing. I planned as I wrote. Wrote a scene, planned the next, wrote the scene, planned the next. But basically, I ignored all the problems, and just got the darn thing done.
The strange thing is, writing this way felt really good. I didn’t care how my sentences turned out, I didn’t care if there were missing pieces in the story. It’s kinda like dancing when no one is watching, you know what I mean?
And it got the job done.
Now I honestly don’t know if this works with every story. The Green Crow took four years to write (it is three books so…and I was still in high school…sooo). Some stories are really complicated and require a lot of outlining and planning.
But the gist of this is, just write. It’s a first draft. No one but yourself will ever read it. Your sentences can suck. Your character arcs can suck. Your structure can suck.
The only thing that can’t suck is your story. Is the story right in your head, is it amazing? Then if it looks like trash on paper (or…screen) it’s ok.
You can fix it later.
Like, that thing called editing?? Yeah, that’s what it’s for. Use it and take advantage of that first draft.
Thus ends the story of how I wrote a novel in three months. THE END.