One of the joys of writing for me is that I am approaching my novels from many different directions. The first book is set in the present and is a supernatural thriller. The second text is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel set in the far future. The third book is a gothic thriller set in the late 1800s. For future writing, I have in mind more disparate times and genres, including a Renaissance novel on an obscure philosopher who died by burning at the stake, a horror novel set during an academic conference, and a novel about reincarnation. I will be able to keep busy!
It is still early in the month, but I am well on my way towards meeting my first draft goal of 80 pages this month. As of right now, I am on page 53 of the first draft of the third novel. I am under no illusions of the quality of the work. As with all other writing, this piece will require many drafts and much revision, but I do think that getting the initial work down on paper is crucial to the process. Without a draft, there is nothing to revise.
I will try to keep up this pace, because I expect to begin working on a third draft of the second novel sometime late this month or next month. At that point, I will begin to include a certain amount of time per day to work on revision first, and then I will move to drafting afterwards. As long as I am disciplined in this approach, I should be able to manage this work along with my teaching. This may sound like a ridiculous amount of time committed to writing, but it is not. It usually amounts to about 2 hours a day. And I have found that time often is taken up by less important tasks, like watching TV. So, that is not a great sacrifice!
I hope that I will be able to report on reaching this initial goal of 80 pages by the end of the month.