Writing furiously, then worrying about it

Every Word Brings Pen to Paper Ambassador Zoya Patel Closer to Her Goal

I’m writing this blog from my hotel room in Nelson, New Zealand, where I am currently on a ‘holiday’, ‘relaxing’ and ‘not working’.

In fact, I’ve spent the past two weeks of my trip trying to write furiously in between taking day hikes, visiting the odd museum, and horse-riding through the Rees River.

I was chuffed to be asked to be an Ambassador for the Pen to Paper Challenge, not only because the Sydney Story Factory is a very worthy cause, but because it would give me the impetus to push myself to write more of the novel I’ve been working on.

It’s a book about family, cultural identity, and building a life as a migrant in Australia. I’ve wanted to write it for a really long time – but now that I’m actually doing it, I spend 95% of my time thinking about how terrible it is.

Really – this book is harder to write than I could possibly have imagined.

That said, I’m over 50,000 words in, and have started editing chunks of it so that I can better build to the conclusion, and I’m still hoping to get to 60,000 words by the end of the month.

At least I know now that every word written brings me closer to the goal I set, and hopefully will mean more donations for the Sydney Story Factory!

Zoya needs your help to push her to the finish and reach her fundraising target! Jump in now and make a donation on her Everyday Hero page.