2906 words today. I’ve still got the gumption (I thought I lost it yesterday).
I woke up in the early afternoon today, worried that I wouldn’t get much writing done as a result. I’m glad to say I was wrong: today was one of my most successful writing days, clocking in at 3,157 words and pushing the novel past the 40,000 word milestone. While I don’t really like measuring completion in number of written words, it’s a nice gauge to measure my work by. I’m sure it’ll tear me up inside when I get to editing and start hacking away like the antagonist of some bad horror film, but I know it’s all for upping the quality of the book so I won’t mind too much.
Really, it’s a great feeling to have done so much today. That number doesn’t even take into account how much work went into revising the outline and writing character notes, so I’d bet I wrote closer to 4,000 words today, but I won’t get greedy.
I most recently finished writing the dialogue of a comedic dwarf character who I created on a whim to fill a very minor role. He’s a cynical racist currently in service to an order of paladins. I had quite a bit of fun writing his scene, and I’m sure I’ll return to him later on in the book. I also did homage to a favorite game of mine, opting to name him Brann. (Fun fact: there’s 11 million possible readers who will understand the reference.)
Much to the relief of anyone who reads this, I’m sure, I’m not going to rant today. I need to go vegetate in a corner somewhere before my brain melts from my ears and plops onto the floor like a pile of Play-doh.
Though the day is still early and there’s a good chance I’ll edit this post to reflect any additional words I write, I’m going to take a break after writing 830 words for Ascent to Heresy. I want to leave the work for a bit while still savoring to write so that it’s easier to commit later on, knowing where I’ll begin and in what direction I head.
Today saw the development of Chapter 13 and my work on fleshing out the believability of the antagonist. I’m really striving to blend the lines between the classic good and evil, as reality hardly subscribes to either, opting more for the gray in between.
Good and evil is a matter of perspective, and this is a point I hope to make in the Ascent to Heresy. It’s true that I have characters that are more good or more evil than others, but it’s imperative that they have justification for their actions. The antagonist is driven forward by revenge for a murdered love, his madness sending him into a spiraling path of what others could perceive as evil, but what he believes to be necessary. In the same vein, the primary protagonist is loyal and honest to a fault and is constantly battling himself as he searches to find the right answers.
Hopefully today’s work has gotten this point across. George R. R. Martin accomplishes this goal in his A Song of Ice and Fire series and while I make no claims of being even in the same league as him, I’m definitely going to try to build a world half as believable as his.
Just a quick note, mostly for myself but posted publicly so that I can possibly guilt myself into following through with a goal:
Every day I write anything, I’m going to post here at the end of the day with the name of the project and that day’s word count. If I ever make it through a day without making that post, that means I’ve probably forgotten this idea or I didn’t write anything, and I give you, my reader, full permission to harass me and get me to write.
I think I’ve finally decided on a tattoo. On both of my hands I’m going to get the phrase “Write everyday” tattooed in bold, capital letters.
“Nothing is original.”
How to Steal Like an Artist is an interesting edit of a talk given by the author about 10 things he wish he had heard in college. The information he details is fascinating and inspirational, so I recommend giving the article a read, especially if you’re in any sort of creative slump.