What Mistake Do I Make Most with Writing?
OK, now how long should a novel be? About 100 k words on average, I think. So on that basis, that means I’ve only got about another 10 thousand words to go – what’s that? Three, four chapters maybe? And I know I’ve got a good story, with a dramatic opening chapter with a good ‘hook’, and I know where the end is going. So – just get on with it: wet towel round the head, keyboard in position, eyes down and go!
Hang on, though, better say a quick prayer to the Lord Momerath before I start, that should guarantee success.
OK, done! Now, right, I just need one more character to populate my novel. Needs to be a heroic sort – now let me see, whom do I most admire? Maybe a scientist – Einstein say – or maybe another writer? Yes, that’s it: how about H G Wells, the guy that wrote the Time Machine. That was a good one, maybe he’ll do. Or maybe…
Oh, Lord Momerath! I realise I’ve been sitting here for the last twenty minutes and I haven’t written a single word yet. What’s stopping me writing? How about I think about one of my favourite books, ever? Surely that would start me writing. Must think about something in my own genre, then I’ll just take wings and fly, fly away, fingers flying over the keys, brain soaring into the high blue sky of my imagination, sky’s the limit…
Damn it! I mustn’t get so distracted. Must tell myself – Don’t, Just Don’t! Why didn’t I get on with this weeks and weeks ago? I know what my biggest mistake is – it’s getting involved in writing short stories for that guy at Thanet Creative Writers! No more distractions!
Ok, that’s it then: time to really get down to it. (Hmm. Wonder what next week’s theme will be?…)