How To Eat Elephant When Your Work in Progress Looks Like One

I would like to start off by apologizing to those of you who have been following my blog. My writing has been off for the past month or so, and the words have been truly struggling to find the page. I only stopped posting in hopes that I could regroup and start again with the writing process.

It is a success!

Our last month’s challenge for my RWA Chapter was to learn how to eat Elephant. They are such large animals and can be compared to our works in progress. When you look at that first word posted to your work in progress, it can be a little intimidating.

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to write all that?

In order to eat an elephant one must do it in small bites, one bite at a time. And chew, sometimes the meat/writing can be difficult, so the more you chew, the easier it becomes to digest.

I shrunk my bites down to bits, writing bits of 300 words a night. Tonight was a terrific night as I hit 500 words, not counting this blog post. If I do the math, the word count will come out to 2100 words a week. Which is 8400 words a month. If I were to do this for, say four months, I will be at 33600 words. In turn, if this were to cause some truly fantastic writing days I might possible be done in about 6 months with the first draft.

All of this is to help me break through my writers block. So far it is working.

Have you ever tried to eat an elephant?

How long did it take you?

I would love to hear.

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About Linda Nelson

Full-time worker by day and a college student/writer by night. Linda is studying Business Management and Social Services while she works on her Bachelor Degree at Franklin Pierce University. Blogging when she can to keep the writing muse growing. In 2010, Linda broke out into writing with her first Contemporary Young Adult novella, Friends of Choice which she later retitled and re-edited in 2013 to, What Karla Wants. Since then she has published two more Contemporary Young Adult novels, one of which is a Sweet Romance, and published two slipstream fantasy novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America since 2012. Watch for her coming new releases.