Panster in Disguise?

While home due to feeling under the weather on July 10th, I stumbled across a writing challenge called the 70 Days of Sweat, which calls for writers to complete a first draft of a novel in 70 days, between July 10th and approximately September 20th. I decided to sign up.

I updated my progress yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'd written 67,000+ words since that time. What was even more amazing was that I did not have a completed synopsis, only a vague idea of how the plot would unfold. I haven't written this way in quite some time.

It seems to be working for me. I've never produced this much in such a short period of time before. In many cases this would be nearly a completed novel. I'm actually working between two projects, and even though the bulk of it is on one manuscript, I can't say anything is nearly complete. But the progress meter I installed on the Books/Works in Progress page of my web site shows 36% for the major project. I hope to have it past 50% by the 20th of September.

It's still too early for me to say with certainty whether this is the way for me to go in the future; I'll have to complete a draft without running into problems first. I just know that in the here and now it's working, so I'll stick with it.

Wish me luck!


Gwyneth Bolton said...

Hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it and roll with it. :-)
Words on the page are words on the page and I'm a fan of whatever gets them there. :-)


bettye griffin said...

Thanks, Gwyneth!

Patricia W. said...

Go with the flow, Bettye! That's a lot of words in a short amount of time so something's working for you. Use it.

I suspect that as in many things, as you are more experienced, your process changes. Or maybe your brain is simply firing on all cylinders with this story.

Keep writing!