Breaking the Word Limit
So it’s been an interesting week for me. The last three weeks had seen no writing whatsoever, but I’m pleased to say that I’ve broken the block and have cranked out two and a quarter chapters over the last week, which is pleasant. I’m really starting to get a good idea of where I’m going with all this story writing and what’s going to be happening in the later chapters. I’ve also broken 30,000 words, which I’m very happy about.
I love it when a story just starts to connect, because it starts to be alive and you get to discover the world as you write it. There’s no other feeling quite like that, so I’m glad that I’m able to feel it again. It’s generally down to discovering that a friend is also writing a novel and is at a similar stage to me. Having someone to talk to about these things has really helped me to restructure, rethink, and solidify the ideas that I’ve been having and talking things over with her has got me to see what I want to do with my characters and what they should be doing. Check out her blog here. That link will be in my links section so you don’t have to dig out this post when you want to revisit. Which you will.
Also, my lovely girlfriend has been very helpful (and rather rudely, unrewarded) by reading all of my writing, so she deserves some praise on this blog too. Explaining the latest chapter to her (since it isn’t finished yet) has given me the confidence to kill a main character near the end of the book, which I was previously toying with. Now I can’t see it any other way. Events have been set in motion.
In other news, I’ve made it into the top 300 poems entered into United Press’ National Poetry Anthology 2012, which is very rewarding. Because of that I also have the chance of winning the overall competition. They liked my second entry so much (The Tiger – read it here), that they want to put it in one of their other books coming out soon. So a good week for my poetry as well as my prose.