If you haven't got the main crux of your novel written in six weeks, it's probably not going to happen.
"Isn't that interesting?" Kate (who is much more confident than I am) said. And I was, uh, I was too mortified to speak. Six weeks? Let me just turn in all those new pens and notebooks and index cards now. And can I get a refund on Scrivener?
Six weeks? What can I do in six weeks?
... Zilch, man. I can't do anything in six weeks. I've been drafting this thing for SIX MONTHS. And the rumor implies, to me, that it isn't even about the book getting published. It's just about you finishing it. Again, I ask, SIX WEEKS??????? What the almighty heck?
The other girl working at the library asked, "Isn't that a little fast?" My thoughts exactly. But, apparently, no! According to what Kate saw, if the great big picture of it wasn't nailed down in six weeks, the novel probably wouldn't get written.
It feels unfair to the slower writers, you know? Or maybe I am just horribly naive, and NO ONE takes this long to write a first draft. And no first draft that takes this long to write becomes a book worth reading. It bummed me out, too, because it actually makes sense. A really strong, instinctive writer WOULD be able to draft in six weeks. A strong, instinctive writer, with lots of experience and no day job or social life. No to-read list. No family troubles. No doubts or disillusions. And none of my neuroses.
Who's hoarding all this writing-magic, and how can I contact them for a free sample?
Thankfully, another woman walked in and we started a new conversation. I hoped that Kate hadn't seen my face blanch so... loudly.
Anyway, the whole thing got me to thinking: is my big picture NOT nailed down? Had I to guess, I'd say I'm about two-thirds through, maybe a little less (depending on how wild my imagination is about to get), but I do know where it's going. I DO know my big picture. And I have no intention of quitting, just because some unknown-to-me observation claims that it's "probably not going to happen." In fact, I won't even dignify the fear by considering it. I know that even if I say I'm giving up, the story and its characters will continue in their relentless quest to be brought to life.
|This painting by Bella Abati also helps. [here]|