“It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.” I love the lyricism of Patrick Rothfuss’ writing and this quote in particular is one of my favourites. Reading beautiful words like this keeps me going on my own writing journey because I hope, one day, that I might be able to write something as beautiful. Even justone line of prose or poetry that lifts the hairs on someone’s neck or makes them close their eyes to savour the words. That is what keeps my pen returning to the page (or my fingers to the keys). It’s Day 24 of #NaNoWriMo
and this morning I was beginning to despair. Yesterday I spent all day in bed with a migraine. I managed to write a measly 100 words before I realised I was being stupid to try and put myself in front of a screen when I felt so ill. But, already having fallen massively behind the word count last week, I was convinced that that one day of hardly any writing meant I was scuppered and could never catch up. Well, I’m still not caught up but I’ve written over 4000 words today and I’m not done yet. If I manage the same again tomorrow I’ll be back up to par and, with a bit of luck and perseverance, I might just do this thing yet. Day 23’s #wrimohero
prompt was #crispconversation
- what’s your favourite line of dialogue? For me, it has to be one of the many pithy exchanges that occurs in the Harry Potter series. Some of my favourites include Hermione’s observation of Ron’s lack of emotional intelligence: “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” And Harry’s oh so quick comeback to Snape: “There’s no need to call me sir, professor.” 😂 My favourite bits of dialogue often include a good bit of snark and I’m trying to find a way to work that into my own storytelling in a way that works with the overall tone of the story and characters. It’s fun to play with! Today’s prompt is #theroadback
- how do you write when travelling? I always take a notebook when travelling but often write on my phone as well. QOTD: are you hanging in there, writers?
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