I have an unusual habit of telling my WIP, my main characters, EVEN MYSELF, exactly how my novel should play out, regardless of if anything feels off, sounds weird, doesn’t jive, or otherwise sucks all the mayonnaise. And this habit of mine, well, it’s made it so I just finished a first draft for my second novel…but it’s an absolute nightmare of a first draft that ought’ve been stopped for the sake of my own sanity instead of followed through like a deranged raccoon seeking out all the trash treats.
If you’re staring down the barrel of writing your first novel, then there’s a good chance you’re convinced it’s impossible for you to make your way to the Peaks of Draft within two months. + while I can’t prove you wrong (only you can do that), I can give you a freebie calendar to keep you motivated along the way!
My beta readers all loved one character in particular when they read through my first novel, but if it weren’t for a moment of being mentally blocked (and bitter at the amount of effort it was taking to write my first book), I wouldn’t have explored that character at all.
Give your outline a nice warm hug. Now do it again five more times…Welcome to The Outliners Challenge! Your objective? Redo your outline FIVE TIMES to ensure maximum awesomeness.