This is my first time with the Insecure Writer's Support Group, so let me begin with telling you all a secret. Can you keep a secret, Internet?
I have begun work on my first stab at a novel. First serious stab, with a plot and everything, and I find that I suck at plot. I have an idea of the beginning, the middle and the end, but I'm having difficulty getting from one point to the other. Right now what I'm doing is just writing disjointed scenes and I figure I'll put it together and fill in the holes later. At least the characters are behaving. I have a problem even in the shortest of stories with my characters wansdering off and doing things I don't want them to do.
I started out with a pretty ambitious timeline: first draft of 70,000 words by July 31st-I started in the first week of May. I am about 20,000 words in. During the first 2 weeks I wrote 1200 words a day, but things have slowed down as I start moving past the original idea and have to fill in the blanks. I have a notebook that I take to work and I try to put something down during lunch, and then try to do some at night. I try to write at least a few paragraphs everyday, but I'm not sure I'll meet the deadline. However, I need a deadline otherwise I wouldn't do it at all.
So here's luck to me. I'll try to keep you posted over the next few months.