So I intended to write an essay after hitting my word count goal on the novel on Sunday, maybe during the football games. But word count is horse hockey, and I kept writing until I'd finish an arc in the novel around 9:30 PM. Then I needed to find food.
Once the rough draft is done I'll post the breakdown of words-per-day on We Don't Always Drown, but I have never had a book start like this. In five days I've written over 13,000 words. It is the most I've ever gotten out of the beginning of a book. The big cheats are knowing the characters, loving their chatter, and already having the major plotting ready. It's a rush, and I'm blessed with the strength to stay upright and keep working. I don't know how long I can keep it up, and keep expecting to crash. The syndrome always gets its day, you know.
|Serious work in books.|
I rummaged through my book boxes and unearthed most of last year's candidates, as well as a few books that have been around and unread even longer. I don't know why my list is sausage fest after two straight #NaNoReMos of reading women, but it is. I figured I'd share, particularly if anyone has questions or recommendations based on these. I'll open up a proper poll in February. For now, the long list is:
-Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
-Alex Haley’s Roots
-Victor Hugo's Les Miserables
-Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
-Fyodor Dostoyevksy’s Crime and Punishment
-John Irving's The World According to Garp
-Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities
-Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita-David Foster Wallace's The Infinite Jest
-Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow