Day 7 – Sign o’ the Times

It’s now officially been a week, and I must say I am very, very happy with my progress (extra “very” added for dramatic effect). I passed 10,000 words today, which I think is a huge accomplishment. And my literary “voice” cracked today, giving me a whole new sound that I’m excited about.

I was saying to Noël (my wife, for those who don’t know) that I am eminently confident with my marketing writing, and that I tend to know what is good and what is not. However, I’m in a whole different bowl of soup here. So if I’ve sounded unsure or too self-deprecating, I’m only being honest with myself about my abilities so far. This is, after all, also a record of my novel writing adventures, so I’m trying to capture a true reflection of my feelings about the book as I go.

It’s like earlier this year when I covered university hockey and then the World Junior baseball championships for the Canadian Press. I was out of my comfort zone, pushing myself in a different writing direction, purposely trying to improve myself as a writer. For those of you I’ve mentioned this to, the experience was both stressful and exhilarating. The pressure to perform — and perform well — was definitely there, but I knew it was a challenge I could rise up and meet. Which ultimately I did, and I think that I am a better writer for taking on that challenge.

In that way, writing this novel is very much the same dealy. I’m not under the same time constraints, which for fiction I think is a good thing. Rule # 7:  art shouldn’t have a deadline. As long as the discipline is there and an honest effort is being put into it, then it should be left well enough alone until it finally is ready.

(Of course that might not be how it works in the real world. But that’s the way it should be, I reckon.)

Anyway, a good night tonight with a scene that took me in a whole different direction stylistically. I’m liking the flow of this piece, and I’ll see how it matures as I go alone. I don’t think my voice is all the way there yet, but the mainsail got ratcheted up the mast another notch.

Time to sit back and enjoy the ride — until tomorrow, that is.

(Novel Writing Totals)

Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,434
Hours Total: 7
Words Total: 10,463

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5 Responses to Day 7 – Sign o’ the Times

  1. Kelly says:

    Graham,

    Happy one-week and 10,000-words milestones! Sorry I didn’t get by sooner. The site is beautiful, simplicity itself, and having just read through every post, it seems the idea is a very simple-yet-brave one as well. I love the idea that after you pour out the formal ideas into your new novel you’ll be pouring out a sketch of what it feels like on the inside of the author’s head here.

    Subscribed, of course, so I can keep up with your progress!

    Congratulations,

    Kelly

  2. Graham says:

    Thanks Kelly — as a recently (today?!) published author yourself, you’ve been here not so long ago! Glad to have you aboard!

    (If any of you out there are web designers, you can check out Kelly’s new book, Why Your Website Sucks—and How To Fix It, at her blog: http://maximumcustomerexperience.com/2010/09/14/500-births-and-a-special-announcement-for-you/)

  3. Kelly says:

    Oh, thanks, Graham—yep, I compared it to a birthing process, but I don’t think I’d want to share what was inside my head *during* the birthing of the book or The Kid, ha ha—hence, this seems very brave to me.

    Looking forward to more!

    Until later,

    Kelly
    Kelly’s most recent blog post: 500 Births and a Special Announcement for You

  4. Irving Espe says:

    Inspiration is what will get you started. Practice is what keeps you going

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