I set up a rough writing schedule, either 30mins a day writing about 50-100 words or 3hrs a week with 500 words (or something among those lines) I found out the type of writer I am- a snowflake (plan abit, write abit, edit abit) as there are 4 types:
- Seat-of-the-pants-write straight through with no planning or editing
- Eedit-as-you-go- write without plan but edit throughly as you go
- Snowflake- make general plan and write-changing the plan along the way
- Outline- make a detailed plan before write anything and keep to it
I then had to find out my word count for the genre im writing (after finding what category and sub category it is first) ~ I had to pick out fav author and count the words on one page, times it by how many and thats apparently the range?
I found it abit odd as it was 140, 000?? that seems abit long for a word count as I thought the range for a mid-length book was from 80,000-110,000??
After I had to count how many main characters vs non (and it said each character should feel like they are the main focus in the book)
Then it stated to check with publishers as esp romance they have guidelines.
So grabbing another cuppa I then went to search for different publishers- looking at my bookshelf to see what publishers come up often with my style of book and wrote them down and searched others-and my god there are many! found some want a literary agent, some dont- some want a set word count, some dont- some want a specific main character or plot setting etc…. you can also self publish- another headache I guess and will research that another time!
So I thought whats a literary agent??? looked it up and again many to choose! different agents want different query letter types, some want brief some want many chapters!
My head started to throb! I emailed writers workshop asking if i needed one now or after I finish the book- here is the reply! (Made me relax after reading it) :
“You need to write it, complete it, edit it, polish it, stand back from it, edit it again – consider getting editorial advice on it – then maybe one or two more reworkings – then go get an agent. If you try to rush the process, you’ll get nowhere at all! So take your time, and enjoy the process.”
So productive yet confusing at times kinda day! Only on chapter 5! eek- maybe coffee will be my choice of drink next time?
What is your writing style? What is your word count for your writing?