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On Writing…

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by Mj Rains

So, I’ve been writing this week, which is why I’ve been a bit lax on the posting this week, which I guess is a good thing, right?

Here I am  writing away yesterday…it was bit cool so fur was a must along with my vintage desk and typewriter (seriously, I’m finding typewriters now, thanks to Robin Coyle,  as well as bicycles…call me a freak…).

So I’m editing and revising the novel I’m writing and it’s going well so far. A good thing. I took a moment to open a book on writing, a thing I try not to do too much, or too often, because then I end up reading more than writing, but I love when I open to a page of inspiration, a page to keep you on track.

Here’s a segment from On Writing by Stephen King. Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, it doesn’t matter. It’s one of the best damn books on writing a writer can read.

I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book – something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale is done well and stays fresh. On some days those ten pages come easily; I’m up and out and doing errands by eleven-thirty in the morning, perky as a rat in liverwurst. More frequently, as I grow older, I find myself eating lunch at my desk and finishing the day’s work around one-thirty in the afternoon.  Sometimes, when the words come hard, I’m still fiddling around at teatime. Either way is fine with me, but only under dire circumstances do I allow myself to shut down before I get my 2,000 words.

I don’t know how to apply the 2,000 words a day to revision and editing, but I’ve been sticking with a chapter a day, which is working out fine. But I love SK’s goal of the ten page day. Four to six has always been mine.

What are some of your writing goals? Pages? Word count?

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Typewriter Love

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by Mj Rains

I have a love for vintage typewriters, cameras, phones…and books…

But I am thankful for all the new technology…Imagine having to type that 300 page novel out on this old number. I’d be doomed.

See some more old typewriters and clever writing perspective at this great post:  The Lowly Typewriter.

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