Nov 022011
 

Wow. I just want to go on the record here to report that writing 2,000 words a day is really tough. Last night, I was explaining the idea to Marc at dinner.

So how much have you written today? he asked.

Well, technically, 118 words. On the blog, I said.

So your first day is going to be one of your days off?

I can’t start with a day off! So after dinner last night I managed to crank out about 1,000 words. I got all the way up to where my main character leaves the office to go have lunch with the IT guy. Then I just ran out of steam.

Today I spent the morning translating, then went for a run. After my own lunch, I tackled lunch with the IT guy. I cranked away for what seemed like endless hours – and now my total is just over 3,000 words. Six pages of single-spaced text. Tons of riveting dialog.

I am already 1,000 words behind!

Well, I’m not going to waste my valuable typing muscles whining about it here. I still have four hours left in the day, technically. I can do this.

On another note, the Wikileaks guy, Julian Assange, lost his appeal (did he ever have any appeal?) and will have to go back to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. (Maybe his lack of appeal is why the sex wasn’t consensual in the first place?) Why Wired Magazine is reporting on this is beyond me, but there you have it. Word has it that documents from the rape investigation have mysteriously been leaked onto the Web…

  2 Responses to “I can do this”

  1. The word count could have been worse. If you had made the IT guy an Aussie (in that case bloke instead of guy), his input to the lunchtime conversation would have been six words, between the first and second beers. Of course, most women would have used up 3000 words, anyway, between the entree and main.

    I guess that wasn’t helpful criticism. Do feel your story-line smacks a little of writing to a formula, but will have to wait and see the end result.

    • Great point! So far I don’t have any Aussies in the story, but it’s not a bad idea at all.
      Don’t know about formulas, in any case I don’t know anything about writing a novel, so we will definitely “have to see” how this turns out! I’m thinking of posting it as I go on a page on this site, but I’ll need my CTO to help set it up. In case you’re reading this, Dave…?

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