What’s it like writing a manuscript for a book?

That’s a big question! Before answering that-

Welcome back! After closing the blog for three or so days, it’s nice to be back with you. I missed everyone. But I did stick by my promise, I spent very little time on social, and virtually no time in wordpres. I read a few tweets and comments from people but left the replies until today, I really needed to switch of and ensure burnout didn’t set it.

Now back to that question

It’s therapeutic. That’s the best answer I can give in the first instance. It’s time without distractions and you get to write totally freely. Unlike blogging though, which requires the writer to somewhat condense a message, a book gives a little more freedom to go deep with a story.

I’m sure many bloggers out there write a lot of long form content, maybe three thousand words or more? I’d say from general estitmates, the majority of my blog posts sit between 500-1000 words, to be honest I barely pay attention to that, I tend to just finish writing when I feel the message has been conveyed.

I enjoy being able to expand on stories, go into more detail and share bits and pieces that I wouldn’t have otherwise put into blog form. Writing an autobiography is an interesting process.

It’s easy to say to yourself, “Why my life, why would people want to read about my life?”.

The thing is, there is alot to talk about, and it’s also how you tell the story. Life always looks nice on the outside, and for the most part it’s good on the inside, but there has been a heck of a journey getting here. And it’s worth telling.

The last week for NaNoWriMo has been quite enjoyable. In fact, really enjoyable. But for the first time it’s required some solid, intentional routine. After I’ve been dropping the kids off to school of a morning, I head straight to the café, find a nice corner seat away from everyone, order a flat white and an orange juice, and then I write. And I’ve done the same thing nearly every day lately. It’s the only way to get into a solid 1.5 hours of writing time.

I researched a little into how I should write, in so far as within what system to capture the manuscript itself. Options I had were Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Evernote or the one I took after some digging around was Scrivener. I purchased it for iPad at roughly $30 (AUD). It’s a really functional app designed for writers, and as it would seem, probably by writers. It allows one to format in a number of ways to suit how you’d like your writing layed out, you can segment your draft into chapters which can easily be moved around. This suits me well at the moment because I’m not writing entirely in chronological order.

Since I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2018 I’m also tracking my word count progress via their members area. As I mentioned before, the word count doesn’t mean too much, but it’s a good indicator of progress, and they display the writers stats in a good summary which is useful. The finishing rate keeps you accountable too. Here’s an example of a summary from the other day;

As I’m no seasoned author, I can’t give much more insights than this so far. But to date, all seems to be going well. I’d love to hear from anyone who is on the journey too, either just starting like me, or well into the process. Feel comfortable to leave a comment 😊.

Until tomorrow, happy writing, and reading.

Ivan.

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