Today, I have begun my novel-writing in earnest! I set myself a target of writing 5,000 words a week from the 1st August.
Today, I wrote 1,194 words.
I had been thinking that I would write more than this today, it being a Sunday. On reflection though, I'm happy enough with this - I've also spent a good deal of time today going through all my previous notes, plot charts etc for the novel, to make sure it's fresh.
Following a plan from a novel-writing book I love, I started by writing the climax. I cried when I wrote it, which is hopefully a good sign! I did this under strict 'Just keep writing until it's all down' rules. Then I expanded it a little (adding a major detail I'd forgotten in the excitement), then saved it and left it alone.
Next, again following the plan, I wrote the midpoint. This took a little head-scratching to figure out what the midpoint of the story was, but I think I found it! I applied the same write-until-you-drop approach to this also.
I know 1,194 words doesn't sound like much for two scenes, but they're both fairly brief, but very important encounters! And no doubt they will get added to in due course. Now, I have my climax to aim at, and my mid-point to pivot around.
From now on, it's writing from Chapter 1 to The End. Bring it on.