Posts Tagged ‘day one’

A Few Choice Nuggets

I don’t really want to share the whole novel on this blog, for a number of reasons.  However, as I progress through, I’ll post a few choice snippets that I enjoyed writing throughout the day.  Here are today’s winners:

A wolf had crept up, unnoticed behind the herd, and waited. And, as Andrin turned his back, the wolf leapt, breaking the neck of the smallest fawn as it landed.  The crunching sound itself was disconcerting, but Andrin knew that was just the way the world was.  The strong always prey on the weak, and if you weren’t going to be the strong one, the best you could do was to not be the weakest.

A few years back, one captain had got it in his head that Andrin was only playing at his skill, wasn’t really an Elementar.  That captain was good with his knives.  Andrin was faster with his fingers.  He was told afterward that the captain’s hands had to be removed surgically.  The metal blades had melted right through his skin and attached themselves to the bone.

“You’re a bloody coward, Earik, you know that? You could have taken a job. You could have left, gone to the country. You could have done anything you wanted, and gotten out of this hole, but instead, you sent your wife to beg for scraps from the table of a man you despise, and now I get sent over here to clean up after you.”

I’m already enjoying myself immensely, and I’m closing out day one with a word count of a whopping 3,587 – more than double the daily quota.  It’s a good start, and, as I have the next two days off, I think I can hit a clean 12,000 by Wednesday evening.  Wish me luck!

Entering the Fray

Well, it’s begun.  I took my lunch today to crank out my ‘quota’ for the day, and already I’m tired.  I did it, though, finishing up just in time with just over 1,700 words. I’ve met my main character. He’s a bit grittier than I suspected, and his sense of morality is somewhat questionable, but I think he and I are going to get along just fine.

The first few paragraphs, I’ll confess, felt more than a little daunting.  My internal editor wasn’t quite finished packing, and tried to make a few ‘helpful suggestions’ as I typed, but I gave him the boot, and after several minutes, my fingers and my imagination picked up a steady rhythm.  I remembered, as I trudged along, that I actually like writing, and each sentence became an adventure, and a new obstacle to conquer.

I suppose what I’ve written so far makes up about half a chapter or so, and I’ve already started identifying key issues with my writing.  I’m choosing, though, to ignore those issues and just keep plodding along.  This month, my goal is productivity.  We can worry about quality later, once the whole store is actually out there.  I’ll have plenty of time for editing, later, and to tell the truth, I’m looking forward to it.  But it’s not time now.

I’m not even finished for the day, I don’t think.  My goal is to pump out another session of 1,667 today, maybe even two if I can find the focus and the energy.  I honestly believe that getting a good healthy start is the key to pushing through those long dry stretches later in the month where I start to hate my novel and my characters and the fact that I ever thought it was a good idea to do this.

Let’s be fair, too. This is only the first day.  I’m already feeling excited about the prospect of reaching word 50,000 and beyond, but I have to reach each goal before then, first.  My first goal is accomplished, and I’m feeling the energy to keep going.  I’ve never felt so excited about a novel before, so I think this is a good thing.  I hope your novels are going well, also, and for those of you not writing, I hope that you’re enjoying this blogging experience so far.