My First Book

My first book… I am calling my work in progress my first book, even if that does sound slightly presumptuous. I am determined to finish this book and one day publish it, I used to feel embarrassed talking about it but I am trying not to be. I believe in myself and I love the characters, the world and the story.

I thought I would tell you all a little bit about my writing journey over the last few months as I’ve mentioned it on Bookstagram a few times. Hope you enjoy reading!

10th of October 2015

Thankfully, when I decided that I wanted to try and write for the first time I wrote down the date. I bought myself a new notebook for planning and some new pens, a black one and a light blue one.

Here are some of the reasons why I wanted to write a book:

  1. I love Scottish mythology and folklore so much that I wanted to create a whole fantasy world based on it.
  2. I felt that as a Scot myself, I could write a book that has Scottish folklore at its base without it being too stereotypical or using ridiculous accents.
  3. I kept complaining about how bored I was of reading about heterosexual characters in fantasy. I realised that if I want cute lesbians to ship then, I need to write them myself!

During October I did a lot of research and a lot of world building. I wanted to plan out my world and decide on the magic and the creatures I would include before I started writing. I also did things like make lists of names I liked and drew some basic maps.

29th of November 2015

I decided that during the month of November I would take part in NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is, NaNoWriMo is a website where writers go and all try to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

I managed to write 50,092 words during NaNoWriMo 2015 and I was so proud of myself. Despite being at university, I still managed to develop surprisingly good time management and motivation for the whole month. I honestly think it was the NaNoWriMo graph that helped motivate me, I loved reaching my daily target. As I have to travel roughly an hour and a half to university and back everyday, I found myself writing at the strangest times. I typed out chapters on my phone whilst on the bus (until I got travel sick) and I scribbled down scenes and dialogue at the beginning of lectures and during breaks. Thankfully I am an owl and so I am very good at staying up late, I found myself typing away until the early hours of the morning throughout November.

Surprisingly, when I look back at what I wrote during the month of November I actually really like what I did. To save time I missed out a lot of descriptions, names and anything that needed me to sit down and think about it. I just focused on getting the basic plot down and continuing on. It was great though to get such a good bulk of the book done in one short month. I definitely recommend NaNoWriMo if you are looking for motivation!

3rd of April 2016

After NaNoWriMo, I had to focus on essays and exams for university so my writing pace slowed right down. I also think I burnt myself out slightly. From December through to April I wrote more leisurely and didn’t force myself to stick to any sort of writing schedule. I did go back and edit the chapters from NaNoWriMo so I was still productive, just slowly productive. At my last check, I had 89, 343 words which I am very happy with. I can see things starting to come together which is exciting, but also frustrating as I have multiple POV’s to think about. I write each chapter in a separate document so that I can’t focus on my word count unless I sit and add them all up. Once I have finished my first draft, I will give you an update on the word count.

26th of May 2016 (today)

For the last few weeks I have been working with a fellow bookstagrammer Mia (CosyReads) and she has been absolutely brilliant and so motivational. We began as beta readers, as Mia has recently written her first book, however we have ended up becoming more like critique partners and cheerleaders for each other. It has been so brilliant, we send each other chapters and then return them with edits and comments (sometimes brutally honest comments!)

It is crazy how similar Mia and I are when it comes to writing and so her feedback has been such a big help. I was really nervous about sharing my work with others, however Mia has been so positive about it all that she has really boosted my confidence. Having an honest critique partner is a game changer! Mia and I like to joke that if I am the mother of my book then she is the aunt and it’s so true. Thank you Aunt Mia!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Feel free to follow this blog or share this post with others, I am having so much fun blogging.

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13 thoughts on “My First Book

  1. My birthday is October 10th! How neat that the birth of your writing journey started on that day!

    I really enjoyed reading this! I’m on a similar journey too!

  2. Great post! It’s nice to hear how you started on your writing journey! I haven’t read a lot of books with Scottish myths and folklore (I still haven’t read Outlander 🙈). And I like how you mentioned the “accents”. I never really thought that everyone in Scotland talks like that!

  3. Ahh I love this! Already I want to read your book, it reminds me of the notion ‘write the book you want to read’ ❤ my current project started off the same way with NaNoWriMo being a great motivator to actually get it down. I'm excited to see where the journey takes you and possibly see a little of this book someday!
    Enchanted by YA

    1. Thank you! Yes! I really am just writing what I’ve always wanted but could never find. NaNoWriMo is so great, I can’t wait for the next one. I love seeing your writing updates on twitter! I really hope that one day I can share this book!!

  4. I really enjoy to read it, and I want to write my own book too, but I’m afraid for my next semester lessons in university… I don’t know how to plan for writing, but in my free times, I’m searching and take notes for my dream book…

  5. Great stuff….I’m in the same boat…work, studies and trying to write a book. Your blog and posts throughout all of your social media apps, has greatly inspired me. Thank you.

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