I noticed in another thread that there at least two other ppl on this board who are writing novels (I myself just started as well), and I just wanted to get a discussion going about why you are doing it, the difficulties, plot overview, formal writing experience etc…
When I say I just started I mean i have like 4-5 pages of actual story written down with about 60-70% of it mapped out in my head. As someone in another thread said it is very difficult to get the time to write and when I need prepare to “get in the zone” so to speak.
The problem is any minor distraction can take me out of the zone and I’ll have to start all over. I’d also like to echo the fact that I sometimes have creative moments at inconvenient times where a voice recorder may be handy. I find the hardest part though is the “in between” material.
For instance descriptions of environment take me an inordinate amount of time it seems as well as the non-action moments. I want to simply write down all of the meat of the story but at least a slight amount of filler seems necessary to prevent the novel from rushing at an unusual pace.
anyway I’d just like to hear from some others about their experiences and possibly any suggestions