Hey guys I am about to embark on the 90 day novel challenge from Sarah Domet’s book 90 Days To Your Novel. I thought I would share why I am doing this and what I am hoping to get from it besides a rough draft in 90 days.
My first reason, the main book I have been trying to write for the last… I’m not even sure how many years still does not have a complete rough draft. I wrote an outline once but apparently the reason that didn’t really help was because my outline was seriously lacking. I am not a fan of outlines. However, not having a thoroughly thought out outline isn’t working, so what the heck, I will give it a shot.
The actual reason I picked up the book however, is because recently I tried to paint with acrylics. I am an oils girl all the way but acrylics were a little bit more budget friendly so I thought I should learn to do more than just monochromatic animals with them. As I struggled I thought back to art class.
As a student I would turn out one decent piece of artwork a year. It was good enough to surprise myself and keep me trying. The first time I was surprised was in eighth grade when we were taught monochromatic paintings. I did a lion with a cub and it was pretty good. Then I tried a yawning male lion and it was really good. After that I was hooked. I thought ‘Hey I can do this. Painting is kind of awesome.’
After art foundations, during which my best creations were actually with clay and not paint. I took Drawing. The first day we had about an hour of instruction during which the teacher explained why we had the pencils we did and shading and looked at some truly amazing drawings done only with pencil. Our assignment for the week? Sketch your favorite childhood toy. I went home and looked through my old toys. I found a Ninja Turtle and decided to give it a try. Looking back on the sketch it really was very rough but that was the first time I took something and really was able to draw it and people were like “Oh look it’s a ninja turtle,” which was really amazing to me. After one class of instruction I could draw. I still needed practice of course but I could do it.
So looking at my poor manuscript I thought maybe I need some instruction. SO that is what this challenge is about for me. Last night I had a dream resulting in a serious brainstorm session this morning so I am going to use that idea for the challenge because I don’t feel protective of the idea yet. Mystic, the working title for the book I have been writing, is like my baby at this point. So I wont necessarily be able to do everything I am supposed to do to complete the 90 day challenge on it. If I am successful in this I should have the tools, and know how, to then use on Mystic without feeling like my heart is being ripped out… I hope.
So here we go!