Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Status as a writer.
I know I haven’t updated this blog in a while, mostly with book reviews, but I’m going to take a few moments to bring my three readers up to speed with what I’m working on.
First, an announcement:
I hit 20,000 words!
Yes, that’s quite an accomplishment, considering it only took me a year to write that much. To be fair this is my…fourth…book since I started up this blog last year. One has around 10,000 words written, another is languishing around 6000, and another I have about 21,000.
“So Tom,” you say, “why is this an accomplishment when you’re still behind your other novel?”
“Well,” I’d say, “It’s because this one is working finally.”
After a full year of floundering, false starts, reading a crap-ton (that is a measurement) of books about writing, I finally have a process that seems to be working for me.
I’ve tried a lot too. I tried discovery writing, didn’t work. I tried outlining. Never made the outline. I followed some author’s recommendations, I tried to make stuff up as well. None of it seemed to work.
Today I finally have a process that seems, (so far) to work for me.I have a story arc that I’m very invested in, a world that I love and has a lot of options for me as an author, and I have a character I think I can really get behind.
Also, I don’t have to research New Hampshire college towns. Trust me, not as fun as you think. And yes, that’s one of those up there that are on hold, possibly forever.
Most importantly, I’m writing. I’m writing daily. I’m writing daily, sometimes twice a day, I’m even finding myself wanting to sit down at the computer and write a little bit more before bedtime. Incidentally, I did that last night and that’s what finally got my over the 20,000 word mark.
Strangely enough, writing seems to work for me, and I’m happy with that.