Coffee Break 11
Yesterday's charity shop find - the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations, a treasure chest of pithy pronouncements on everything from Admiration and Praise, to Writers' Block. I shall be choosing inspirational or funny quotes from it as it's tremendous fun.
I am approaching the sweetmeat and sugar-plum stage, with sore eyes and sore hands (I get that discomfort in the heel of my hand when I've been writing at the pace I've been maintaining for the last fortnight). I know I ought to rest the hand but I have four chapters to go before The End (oh, I was so wrong about the 90,000 words, it's going to end up being 95,000, what a disappointment) and I want to try to meet my self-imposed March 31 deadline so I have a whole week to edit the worst bits...you can take the girl out of journalism, but you can't take the journalism out of the girl.
How is everyone? And will your novel end sweetly? Welcome to Jacqui, who has joined us. If you're a little earlier in the process, do you know exactly how it will end, or are you waiting for the story to reveal itself as your mind digests the story fully? And if you are approaching the end of the first draft, do you have a reward in store for yourself? I don't, yet, but might have to think of one...But I do have a squillion things to do - people to see or call, emails and features to write, bills to pay - as I have been neglecting real life terribly over the last ten days or so. Another quotation springs to mind here: "I've always thought people write because they are not living properly." (Beryl Bainbridge)
Sad but true for me this month, Beryl. Sad but true...