Today has been a very productive day of writing! Huzzah! I wrote more in the first two hours of today, than I did all of yesterday. I didn’t keep that pace up for quite the whole day (as I had to write up an appendix for my own reference, run some errands and, of course, play with Little Man). Still, I ended up with over 3200 words, equaling somewhere between 9.5 and 10.5 pages.
I think that the key to today’s writing success (especially for those first couple of hours) was that I started out strong. I didn’t have to slog through a whole bunch of messy scenes in a row, but finished up a scene with some good dialogue, wrote a torture/interrogation scene, and only then started on the more difficult scene.
It’s interesting that some of my more difficult scenes in Draft 2 have been the ones from viewpoint characters that were very easy to write in the first draft. I don’t know why that is, but it’s something I’ve started noticing. Hope that’s not the case for the whole book.
In any event, I’m probably not going to be doing much writing over the weekend. Tonight we have a graduation party for one of my best friends and his little brother (my friend from university, his brother from high school), and that should be fun. After that, I really don’t see the rest of the evening lending itself to the cause of productivity.
I also have a lesson that I am giving in church on Sunday. I much prefer speaking in front of a large group of people (in this case, it would be the whole congregation at church) to teaching little groups (as is my predicament). In a large audience, you can just present your material, answer a couple of questions (depending on the type of speech) and then be done. In a lesson there are questions throughout. You have to make sure that the guy on the back row isn’t snoring or playing Angry Birds or doing something else that will derail your entire lesson.
Anyway, I have that to work on/look forward to, so I’m feeling SUPER excited. Minus the excited part. Maybe the equation would be true if “excited” was equal to “filled with dread/stress.” Yes, that sounds more correct. I’ll just prepare the lesson and not think about actually GIVING it until Sunday morning. That should make everything better, right?
[Insert image of Branson beating his head against a brick wall here].
Hm, maybe I WILL do some wring this weekend. Nothing inspires more productivity in an activity than engaging in that activity to avoid another less desirable activity.
Anyway, I’m off to prepare some humus, salsa and chips for the party. Yippee!
Until Monday folks!
Branson, signing off.