December 9th, 2017
This is the week I got a doggy, a writing desk, and hit the 45,000 mark in draft three of Evren. Well, to be fair, I kind of already had been part of the dog’s life, Maggie, a 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier that I grew up with as a kid. I was ten years old when we drove to Halifax to pick her up. She was the runt of her pack and she was the cutest. I suppose when a pup is the runt of the pack they have to assert themselves in other ways. Let me tell you, Maggie is the most wilful, and perky little dog I have ever met. Mum always said if she were a person, she would be like a bull in a china store. Full of life and crossing people and not caring about it.
All that to say, its nice to have company. While I sit on the couch and write, there she is, squished next to me.
That leads me to the writing desk. I have been writing with my laptop on my lap which I’ve been told isn’t good for you. Well, I received a pine writing desk from my barber this week. It’s so sweet. I feel more professional and official with it, which is kind of silly but its true.
I hit the 45,000 word mark in Evren. I’m about halfway through Act 2 and enjoying it so much. What I am learning with this draft, is you want to get to a place in your story where you know the plot well enough that you can then let your characters lead the scenes. I know what I need to get done and how to get from A – > B -> C -> D if you organise your novel in four acts, how I do. I do that so the middle act doesn’t feel so draggy and long. I have noticed that when you get to draft 2 and 3, that’s when you feel more solid with the story and more of the magic happens in your story. It’s a great spot to be. I feel like I’m finally getting closer to telling the story I really want to tell. You learn as you go, I guess. I know that every novel, from what I hear from other writers and my own experience, you draft and learn.
All that to say, keep writing friends! Keep dreaming that dream. Don’t give up. Life’s too short.