Well, friends. I don’t think I’m going to make it.
I’ve made headway, but I’ve lost so much time in the last two weeks to random work crises and disruptions that there’s no way I can make what’s left up in the next twenty-four hours.
A noble effort has been made, though, and I will finish Returners (obviously). I’m well into the second act, so that’s a huge accomplishment from looking back a month ago. As always, I applaud those who can wrestle the time into submission and I hope to be among your ranks next year. I’ll be sure to post my final word count at the buzzer tomorrow, because I’ll still be writing feverishly in the meantime.
So, I’m pretty far behind my word count with only three full days left on the clock. I’ve cleared my schedule as best as I can for Thursday and Friday, but this is still looking like a herculean task to get accomplished in the remainder of the week. Easily in excess of a dozen hours required behind the keyboard, even taking into consideration how productive my writing sprints have been this month.
However, I’m going to push through. I want a first draft of Returners under my belt before I turn to my other writing projects in December. Wish me luck!
Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.
CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE
Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills (character traits)
Family Echo (family tree website)
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE, OUTLINE
SETTING, WORLD BUILDING
TOOLS and SOFTWARE
My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)
Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)
Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)
Scrivener (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $39.95; Mac)
SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)
JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)
I’ve had a couple of Thursday Quotes get hits before, but the Steven Moffat one today seemed to strike a chord with folks, especially with the couple of people who took offense/got riled at the concept in the quote.
So, here’s the thing. My take on the quote was that just adding a bunch of swearing to dialog to make it “adult” is a cop out on trying to spin a good phrase. Not that swearing isn’t a natural part of conversation or that it’s always better to steer away from it (I swear all the fucking time and incorporate plenty of cussing in my writing, so clearly that’s not what I believe), but that just tossing in a couple of swear words to make a PG sentence an “adult” sentence is lame and phoning it in. It’s not trying to get anything extra across, it’s just shock value for the sake of upping some perceived rating or maturity level.
Also, Moffat writes for TV. Admittedly, he writes for Brit TV where cursing is a little less risque than in the States, but he still probably has to deal with censors, producers, and the like who need whatever show he’s working on to stay in X or Y speech boundary. I mean, he’s not going to insert the same kind of dialog into Doctor Who as he did in Coupling, right?
So the other side of what he’s probably referring to is having to find ways to talk around censorship, so that characters can have the conversations they need to have in the contexts they need to have them.
Feel free to continue to disagree with the sentiment. It’s no skin off my nose if people do disagree with the quote, but as for the sentiment that cursing in dialog should be telling you something about the character or the extremity of the situation as opposed to just being a “fuck,” “shit,” or “assballs” thrown into “Jack went to the store to get some milk,” then yeah, I agree that cursing just for the sake of making something seem “adult” is a cop out.
And now, have a funny: History of the Word “Fuck”