Hmm… completely forgot I had said I would do my morning words at the breakfast table, but then had a thunderclap moment when I sat down at my desk to do some other work and instead did my morning pages first.
- Today’s words 1019
- Total words 3887
The eagle eyed among you will notice that today’s words added to yesterday’s total words don’t add up to today’s total words. This is because the “today’s words” figure is the “write or die” count, and the “total words” count is the pages/word count of the document where I cut and paste them after the time is up. Why they don’t add up… well, I don’t think I care enough to find out, just yet anyway.
I decided to try using Write or Die first thing in the morning, while I’m having my breakfast. So this morning I wrote 1081 words – they were bad words, an incoherent and unsatisfactory attempt at a key scene, but nevertheless they were written.
- Words for today: 1081
- Total words: 2873
The thing is, I’ve been talking about writing a novel since I was eleven.
The thing is, I took a year off work and wrote a novel. Call it my Villette. It’s OK, but it’s not Jane Eyre.
The thing is, I’ve had these characters and settings and stories in my head for years and I keep noodling about them but not committing to writing them down.
The thing is, the way to write a good novel, is to write a bad novel first and then work on it.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to write a thousand words – probably a thousand bad words (not BAD words, you understand – I’m not going to write a list of swearwords. Just unfiltered words) every day. I’m going to write a thousand unfiltered, unedited, uncareful bad words every day. For 100 days. So by the end of 100 days I will have a really really bad 100,000 word manuscript.
And then I can do some real work.
If I take the weekends off, I’ll be finished by September 15th. Ready? Go!
My name is Wendy Bradley and I write – and write about – science fiction and fantasy. If you’re come to the wrong place and you’re looking for me in my other Aspect, as a writer on tax, then you want the http://tiintax.com blog. And if you are looking for my fanfiction…. well, you can get here from there, but you can’t get there from here.