I’ve made two weeks! Two full weeks! Or, well, I did yesterday. Today, I’ll be at fifteen days, just as soon as I write…400-something more words. I celebrated this last night by watching the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. (Though, I didn’t really realize I was at fourteen days until after I finished watching it, but…still.)
And…that’s about it. Gosh, so much for trying to make myself sound more interesting, eh?
Hmm. My brothers are sort of reading my novel. They aren’t really giving much critique (though one decided to point out the missing spaces that were actually caused by a formatting issue, and not in my writing itself), but I don’t really expect it. I tried to ask them things like, “What do you think of the characters/plot?” and such, but… They’re little-ish, so I don’t really expect much. (And nobody tell the older one that, because then he’ll start point out how he’s several inches taller than me.)
I did have someone critique the first two hundred words of chapter two, though, and it turns out I use the passive voice too often. I didn’t even realize it, but I keep using words like “was” and “looked” (the linking verb form, not the action verb…though I probably use that one too much, as well) and other words like that. I was pretty sure something was off-sounding about my writing style, but I never figured it was something like that.
Ugh, see? Now I’m being ultra-sensitive to the word “was”.
I’m not really going to worry about it too much, because my main concern currently is just finishing the draft, but I am going to try to keep it mind when I write. And definitely when I edit.
I have an annoying mirror on my closet door up in my bedroom that I’ve only recently discovered can be used as a sort of white-board. Mostly, I’ve been using it for outlining and trying to get ideas out of my head that don’t want to go in just one direction, but now, I’m using it as sort of list of things I’m going to have to change when I edit. Somehow, having a list there is strangely encouraging, even if that doesn’t make much sense.
So…how’s the writing going for the rest of the world? Or, er, well, for those few crazy people who actually read my blog, for some odd reason…?