It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis
Can YOU name that tune? Go ahead, give it a go...
I am rolling. My getting-to-be-not-so-short-story, Kitchen Matches, is at nearly 9000 words thanks to Sven making me sweat!! Today we should hit 10,000 -- but I think it's almost done. Maybe not.
You know what's weird? I know, I know, you could probably make a list a mile long. But you know what's weird with me and my writing that I'm going to talk about right now?
When I write a novel, I always know the ending. In fact, I typically write the ending before I've gotten very far -- sometimes I write the ending immediately following chapter one. This is a nifty trick I learned from a romance writing class I took many moons ago (F102 for all you WVUers). In the third or fourth lesson we had to write the ending and I hadn't even written the first couple chapters. I found it so beneficial (like knowing where you're going when you get into the car), that I do it all the time now.
No, that's not what's weird (is it?). This is:
When I write a short story I never have the slightest clue how it will end. Ever. I have never known the ending on one one of my short stories. Never, huh-uh, not no how.
That's weird. Isn't it? You'd think a short story would be WAY easier to figure out. They aren't. In fact, IMHO, a short story is harder to write than a novel. So there you are. I know they're harder for ME to write. But I do love me a good short story.
I'm feeling good, really good, about doing 70 days. I've managed over 1000 words the last two days, and should be able to do it again today. I'm moving right along and having a blast. It's a good warm up for NaNo, when I'll have to write 1657 words a day. Yahoo!
Seriously. I can't wait for it to start. If you've never done it, you should give it a try -- it's like the worlds best legal drug for writers. I'm so glad I decided to do it again this year. Now, if I could just decide which story to use.
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