Ain’t No Redemption, Journal Entry Six – NaNo Day Ten

Yesterday was a bust. At work all day, from open to close, I found myself drained by the time I rolled into the old homestead. My only thoughts were on food and the promises of my spot on the couch. But what to do about the writing I missed? Well, one thing that I know about success is that it requires sacrifice. As a lad playing hockey, I used to wake up at ungodly hours to go to the rink, suit up and sweat my ass off under the cold regard of the wicked coaches who insisted upon 6 a.m practices. So I took a page from that old book, and set my alarm for 5 in the morning, determined to catch up today.

At 4 o’clock, an hour before my alarm would blear its wakeup song, I awoke. The world was still dark, the sun still hours from getting up itself, and I dragged my sorry carcass out of bed and marched to Tim Horton’s for precious, sugary coffee. I recently read an author speaking about writing, and how an author gains success from discipline, rather than inspiration. She made good sense, equating inspiration to a pretty girl at the party that takes your number and tells you that she’ll call, but never does. It was discipline that drove me to the keyboard at such an early hour, but in the writing, I found moments of inspiration.

As far as the writing went, well, I just finished up an action scene. I find action tricky to write, as it often tempts me to tell rather than show. I tend now to be extra careful when I write these scenes of gun- or sword-play, because as much as I want them entertain, they must be visceral. I want the reader to feel the excitement, the fear, and to experience the fight as if they were standing in the character’s boots. From past experience, this is achieved with that initial caution, and thorough revision.

Other than that, the narrative is going well, and I’m enjoying the dynamic between our Hero, Bates, and his partner Jairo. As I write them, and they come more and more to life, I often find myself grinning at their banter.

Anyway, I’ve got to get ready for that work thing.

Don’t for get, my fellow Canadians, tomorrow’s Remembrance Day. I’ll be posting a video that I feel is a great tribute to those who fought at Juno Beach, during D-Day.


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