Dual Roles

DebE —  June 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

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?).

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Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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