A few quick updates for today:
- Writing and word count is going well. I had fun last night tweeting @ratherastory and enjoying her encouragement as we both reached quota.
- Speaking of quota, I’ve passed the 50% mark, I’m more than halfway to 50K , which is great.
- I’m giving up on “The Successful Novelist”, on the ride home last night I listened all the way through the section on “plot” and frankly I’m annoyed. I’m really glad this stuff worked for him, it is clear that it did. It offers me nothing new and I find it so removed from my reality that it gives me no inspiration, no new ideas and in fact is turning me off writing and that simply will not do. If anyone reading this has any audible.com recommendations, I’ll be able to consider them!
- I’m finding I’m really enjoying Nathan Lowell’s Trader’s Tales series (I am currently reading “Half Share”) and I would definitely recommend it to anyone reading this blog. Go get it! I might try to review it a bit later this week or the next.
That’s pretty much it for today, gotta run!
(Note: This opinion/rant is from an incomplete “reading”. I’m not done. You can say more accurately that I’m reviewing the first 2 chapters for now.)
I’ve come to notice that I do better in my writing when I focus my thoughts on writing. Right now I do this by listening to writing podcasts (as you know, I’m a big fan of Mur Lafferty’s ‘I should be writing’ and Writing Excuses. If you aren’t listening to them yet, go! Go listen! This post will be here when you get back.). I’ve looked around at a few more but none really do anything for me and some are downright atrocious and very monotone.
It goes to show, writers do not always make the best speakers.
I have a substantial commute (almost 2 hours daily) to listen to these podcasts, but Writing Excuses is once a week and 15 minutes long while ISBW is anywhere from 20-30 minutes to an hour and also just over once a week.
That’s a lot of dead time I fill with just music. I’ve come to notice that while I enjoy music, on those days where I don’t listen to those podcasts (or really read anything interesting that’s related to writing) I tend not to write at all.
This is not good.
So I caved and decided to give Audible.com a try