Friday, November 19, 2010

Only 10,000 More Words

50,000 words in November. I hit a wall at 38,000 words. My characters refused to go along with the plot. They had ideas of their own. After negotiations didn't work I gave in. Now I have 10,000 words more and it feels like the most arduous climb. Where are we all headed? Why is it so hard? But the experience is exhilarating. Now for those last 10,000 words...


"If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."
--Hillary Mantel

1 comment:

  1. I hesitate to comment after reading this intriguing quote: "other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be." You're clever to link arduous and exhilarating—the joy lies in the effort and in the moment, perhaps?

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