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Another deadline approaches

There is some good news and some bad news to report. The good news is that I have managed to put back my original deadline. The bad news is that it is still going to be a very tight squeeze.  The difficulty for me is that I have seldom, in my writing career, been able to match the 1,000 words a day that others seem to regard as the minimum for any self-respecting scribbler.

At least, I didn’t. But all that has had to change as the deadline rushes towards me at breakneck speed. Suddenly the joys of the computer games, so conveniently placed on the desktop and but a mouse-click away, have lost their allure. Now, what matters is achieving that magical 1,000 words a day as Armageddon (otherwise known as the ire of my publishing editor) approaches.

The trick, I have belatedly discovered, is to keep writing without worrying overmuch about the grammer or syntax or even the direction of the narrative. Part of the problem is the way that the story will suddenly dive off in a direction that I had not previously thought of. New characters will emerge and (frustratingly) sometimes replace established ones. Or a twist in the plot will require an exit strategy that formed no part of the original tale. I’ve given up trying to resist such intrusions.

Indeed, I’ve often found myself prevented from taking a particular line in the story because it is not what the particular character would have said or done in those circumstances. Of course, this sometimes leads to a great deal of head scratching and tea-drinking but that is a small price to pay for the excitement of discovering a path through the difficulty.

But enough of this. Christmas is over and the New Year is looming. More to the point, I still have my forty-five thousand words to write.

PJE 28.12.10

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