No late-night writing

Today’s the first time for over a week that I’ve finished writing before midnight, and it’s nice to have a relaxing evening. I’ve been flitting in and out of the famous Week Two blues, alternating between confidence that everything is going to be fine and the utter conviction that I wouldn’t recognise a decent plot point if it came through the door with a gun. I also had the first ‘it’s midnight and I have 1000 words to go’ moment, which I hate. Hopefully I can avoid any more of those for the next two weeks.

I heard Mur Lafferty’s great interview with Cory Doctorow and he gave two nuggets of advice for aspiring writers, which could be paraphrased as:

  1. You don’t need a routine – you can write wherever and whenever you like (I just listened to Mur on The NanoMonkeys where she elabourates on this advice)
  2. The world is the same today as it was yesterday – anything that seems different, whether on the page or out there, is all in your head.

I didn’t understand what he meant by #2 at first, but it stuck with me throughout the evening and I’m beginning to see what he’s saying. It’s as much general life advice, I guess. Interesting. I’ve definitely been guilty of #1. I supposedly “can’t” write unless the dishes are done and the room is vaguely tidy. Bah. If I have to not do the washing up to break that habit, so be it 🙂 I’ve also developed the very stupid tick of checking my word count every paragraph. This is a bad idea in many ways, not least of which is that I don’t get into any kind of rhythm and am always aware of what I’m doing and how much is remaining. I’m determined not to do it tomorrow.