Saturday, May 15, 2010

Day 48, May 15, 2010

Today was a second straight day of interval running, which can be just as demanding as interval training. But when you've been writing for a while—years, actually—you make the most of whatever time you can find to write. Besides, you have to expect more outside demands on a Saturday.

I got a relatively early start for a weekend and that served me well as the first scene I wrote today was the conclusion of a three-part comic strip satirizing one of the major characters. When you insert a representation of another art form—the comic strip—in a novel and want it not only to work smoothly but also to make a major point about the novel's message, it can take a little time to get your head around that. Doing so takes patience, determination and a willingness to rewrite.

So I got the hard part done, and worked on and off the rest of the day. You've got to really love to write to complete a novel. If you don't, the distractions will overwhelm you. But if you do, you can say, "Screw the distractions," and sit down and do it at every opportunity.

In other scenes, it's beginning to look like the protagonist will catch the sexual predators but another major character will track down the antagonists, not to bring them to justice but to profit off them. And the fabric of society continues to fray under pressure from the antagonists.

I wrote six-plus pages today.

Day 48 of writing my new novel is done.

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