Today’s official word count: 659
Officially broke the 40,000 word barrier yesterday. According to Wikipedia a novel is defined as being over 40,000 words (as opposed to a novella, etc). So, I think I can officially call WotW a novel! How exciting!
Oh yeah. Don’t forget to vote for me! (o:
I went to the park with my son and a friend (and her son, too) today. Oh, and my dog. Fed the ducks with some bread crusts I needed to get rid of. Walked around a bit. And then it was play time on the swings. My bubba, Josh, is just over 8mths old, so going on a swing is still pretty new for him. You should’ve seen his face! Oh the smiles! It was extremely cute, and rewarding – especially after a morning of not sleeping, which always leads to tears.
So, writing took a back seat this morning – when baby doesn’t sleep, mummy can’t write. But I managed to get into it in the early afternoon – barring other distractions and fatigue from too many short nights.
One thing I really have to make time for is reading. Most writing advice websites/blogs will tell you that to be a good writer, you have to read. Not always easy for a mother to find time for, and reading pretty much has to eat into my writing time. But I know I need to do it, none-the-less. I read a few of my WDC emails today, and went on to read a featured story from one.
I realized immediately that the author I was reading had a wonderful talent for setting a scene. And I reflected on my own writing, and knew I had a lot to learn, yet. Never mind. I suppose the good thing is that I know I need to and can learn! First drafts are meant to be about getting your ideas down, not finesse. Still, it is nice to play with.
Another thing I realized as I read was that if I don’t read, my writing (in my opinion) becomes “static”… I think I get caught up with factual comments – “Llew did this. Jonas said that”… But, when I read and then carry on writing, I get that little bit inspired to really get into my characters’ heads, and my writing, even the first draft(!), improves immediately. There is a lesson in that. Perhaps I need a new routine: Put tired baby to bed, read, then write (housework? have you seen my house?).