The Guardian has thoughtfully provided a supplement. How to Write a Book in 30 Days contains a series of tasks covering the elements required in a novel. Accompanying worksheets are available for download from the Guardian website, and by using the method a writer can complete a detailed outline in a month. The method has been taken from the book First Draft in 30 Days, by Karen Wiesner.
To be honest I’m a little sceptical of such rigorous planning. I have a more romantic ideal of the story compelling me to write it. But while at times I am propelled to my keyboard or notebook, there are plenty of other times when I’m wondering if it stands up and how I will get from A to B. So I have embarked on the challenge because I figure even if it doesn’t amount to much it can’t do any harm to flesh out backstory and try to fill in some scene gaps.
November 1st felt like the right date to start and as it stands on Day 4, so far so good. If I do complete the last task on November 30th it will be a neat way to begin winding down the year and, with some time to reflect over the festive season, hopefully stand me in good stead for 2013.
P.S. the rather fetching green paisley print above the worksheets is my Cox & Cox ring binder. Stationery, people.