Leena Nasri is drafting author of YA suspense fiction, for women of faith who like London. She is a planner in pencil and a pantser in ink.
I am planning and pantsing my novel. It’s a sort of ebb and flow process.
Fluxing, growing, and balancing between intentional structuring and free writing.
I am new to embracing a project as enormous as writing a novel. Recently, I felt imprisoned by the plans I made. Anxious. Unmotivated to write. Losing myself, in a mist I steamed up.
Then I remembered. This is how life is meant to feel. Like a prison. Within which I can find moments of delight – insights into the bliss of Heaven.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The world is a prison-house for a believer and paradise for a non-believer. (Muslim, Book 42, Hadith 7058)
I have sensed my prison when planning my story.
I have tasted Heaven when writing.
I am an ebb and flow writer.
Working with the blessings raining down on me.
Running with the river of words flowing from my soul.
I am a planner in pencil and a pantser in ink.
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I have found joy in the small hours many times.
I have wobbled in self-confidence. I am working on that.
I am awake. I am grateful.
I know what I am meant to be doing.
Befriended by a few supportive souls.
Working on what I am meant to be doing.
Content being too awake to sleep in the small hours.
I am hugely happy to be awake.
Dear Amazing Reader, I have you in mind and heart while I am drafting my YA novel this November for NanoWrimo2016. This is especially so if you are a woman … who has faith … who likes (or loves) London … and you have survived assault/abuse. ❤
It is likely my first book will be two or three years in the making. Over the next twelve months, I will prepare to work with my editor inshallah. And I hope I will connect with you too.
Thanks again for your interest.
I thought today was Monday and so I thought I was on time. Perhaps I shall plan to post on Tuesdays. Let’s see what happens next week. I hope you have a good one. 🙂
I am ready to write, write, write through November for NanoWrimo inshallah.
While I am enjoying my last few minutes of not writing, and not being under any pressure to write, I am looking forward to writing.
My novel is a suspense story about a rescue in London. Its main character is a young woman. So far I have met five characters, and I’ve seen some of their connections across crowded halls. I know what my protagonist will achieve and I am looking forward to discovering how.
I have chosen to plan only loosely before I start free writing. One of my characters is a meticulous strategist, however. I have firm intentions to not meet with him on my first day inshallah!
Until next Monday, I hope you have a good week inshallah.