Day 28 – Ramble On

42Played with the idea of skipping today in recognition of my birthday, but thought hey, what better way to spend part of the day creating something? Besides, it’s basically a force of habit now, which I think is a good thing. I thought I heard somewhere that if you did something everyday for 21 days, it would automatically become habit. When I hit Day 21, I looked that up and found that although there was some truth to it, the number “21” was an urban myth. It could take three days, it could take 546 days. It depended on the activity as well as the type of person you are.

Well, whatever the number is for me, I think I’ve passed it.

I passed another significant number — my Facebook page hit a critical number of “likes”, so now I can publish a direct link to it. If you haven’t done so yet, drop by my page and sign up: http://www.facebook.com/afewstrongwords

I’m starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel again, story-wise. I took some deliberate wrong turns (I think I mentioned that here) which has turned up some interested story twists. I have a big one brewing, though frankly I’m not sure how it’s going to blow everything up. I like the actual event on the horizon, but I’m just not sure how the main characters are going to survive it (not physically, just in terms of keeping together a plausible storyline…) Right now though, it’s giving me something to work towards.

Along the way, I’m also practicing some detail-writing — telling the story through some suggested details rather than actually saying what happened. (“Detail writing” is just a term I made up — not sure what it’s actually called.) In any case, I’m trying to create some poignant moments without creating too much of a strain on both credibility and leaps of logic.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at today. Not surprisingly, my difficulties have cut into my word count — I’m at fewer than the 40,000 words I should be at given my past average. However, I have still to make up that extra half-hour, which would probably put me just under.

Ultimately, not worried though. As long as something is getting down onto the cyber page, I’m golden.

~Graham

(Novel Writing Totals)

Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,277
Hours Total: 27.5
Words Total: 39,125

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2 Responses to Day 28 – Ramble On

  1. Kelly says:

    Graham,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (I think you’ve caught up with me now, if I remember correctly, but I’ll be racing ahead to the next milestone in a couple of months.)

    And Happy 40th… thousand words… which should be happening today!!

    The way you’re writing, it almost sounds like some parts are little short-stories-within-the-story. Considering your journalistic tendencies, I guess that makes sense, eh? Keep it up…

    Regards,

    Kelly
    Kelly’s most recent blog post: The Point

    • Graham says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

      …and for the 40,000 word-milestone later today. Funny, I was just thinking this morning that I’m producing snippets or short stories. It’s not quite as straightforward as that, but I’m thinking the scenes might not be blending or flowing quite enough. That’s a second-draft consideration for sure, but one that I’m glad I’m conscious of it now.

      I had a flash last night of s scene that would be like a flashback scene, and I had to actually stop myself from writing it (it was after I’d put my hour in). But I am smart enough (or wise enough — I believe that’s the age-appropriate term) now to jot it down. That will likely be today’s assignment…

      ~Graham

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