When you’re in the drafting phase and leave the words “more shaky” despite Word’s attempt to notify you of the error. Because more shaky counts as two words whereas shakier counts as one and you want – NEED! – that extra word to fill the day’s quota.
Haha! Suck it word quota. I’ll beat you yet.
When my quota is 2,400 words and I’m checking the counter at 322. Not a good sign.
When you keep checking your word count because each sentence seems to take hours to write and your brain is absolutely hurting and you don’t think you’ll ever reach your daily quota.
Please, God. Just make it stop.
Things To-do Before Drafting (or more accurately, Things I Should’ve Done Before Starting To Write This Novel)
1. Turn off my internal editor
2. Get my characters to like me. Really like me.
Sometimes I have to hit the 10,000 mark before my characters talk to me with no stutters and no whispers. (Eh? Speak up!)
And don’t get me started on Editor RB, who insists I go back to the last paragraph and change “cannot” into “can’t” before going forward.
I’ve learned over the past however many novels that the only way to get past it is to just plug through. Eventually Editor RB will shut the hell up and my characters will stop being such assholes.
In the meantime, Husband and Bubbles should brace themselves. I’m going to be a bit crabby.
Anyone else get nervous right before they sit down to start writing a new novel? Like actual butterflies?
That moment when you’re in the midst of plotting your next book. Ideas are flying. Things are easily clicking into place just like the last few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You are so frickin’ excited to start writing. The characters are already talking to you. Scenes are coming at you at all times during the day and you rush to jot them down so you won’t forget. Gah! This book is going to rock. You just know it. And you can’t wait to start tweeting and posting that fabulous hashtag: #amwriting
“The Water Lets You In” by Book of Fears