Is the hardest part of writing a novel getting started? -@MichaelComeau
I like Walter Mosley’s recent book on “How to Write a Novel”. It’s a short book because his main advice can be summarized in one line: Write 500 words a day. A novel is about 60,000 words. So in 120 days (4 months) you have your first draft write. 500 words is only about three or four paragraphs.
Something else I read on a blog: a woman who writes (and publishes) many novels (she writes serials about, I think, vampires) explains how she writes 15,000 (!!) words a day. She outlines heavily beforehand. And then she just goes for it. She says she went from 1000 words a day to 15,000 words a day using this technique.
Then, both writers say this is only for first draft. And then you have to rewrite. But whatever, the first draft seems hardest to me.