About two weeks ago, I blogged about not being able to find time to work on two new projects — a novel called Iron Mountain and a nonfiction picture book about a cave. Since then, I’ve worked on these projects 10 minutes per day, Monday through Friday. Has that little amount of time been worth my while?
For the cave book, I’ve read 7 or 8 sources and have 8 pages of notes. I have two or three more sources on hand and a friend just told me about an applicable NPR broadcast. I don’t have quite enough material to start writing but I am very close. The manuscript is starting to take shape in my mind and has already changed a bit from what I had originally imagined.
What about the novel? This post went up on Friday, but I wrote it on Wednesday. At that point I had 1700 words of text. Yes, it is rough but that’s 1700 words more than I had just fiddling around and complaining about not working. I’ve roughed out almost a complete first chapter.
No it isn’t following my outline but it is definitely taking on a life of its own. As soon as I finish roughing chapter 1, I’m going to make an outline of the pivotal points in the story. What do I consider pivotal points? My character’s call to action, the climax, the darkest moment and various points where the antagonists actions change things up. I’m 98% certain that these points are still solid and I want to review them before I get much farther into the story. I also need to do another Character sketch since this character now makes an appearance in Chapter 1. He is definitely going to have a much bigger part than I originally conceived.
Ten minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like much but I have two new projects steadily gaining ground in just two weeks. Kind of makes you wonder where I’ll be in another two weeks, doesn’t it?