I haven’t made any progress on my book in the past three days. Partly because I don’t really feel like it right now. I usually have that problem whenever I need to start a new chapter. It’s hard to get something started from a blank page. But mostly it’s because I’ve been sick for the past few days. Probably Bird Flu, or Certain Death Disease.
This morning I read an article by Chuck Palahniuk about “thought” verbs. Which put my writing in perspective. I haven’t seen myself as a great writer (because…lets be honest here) but this helped me realize how far there is to go. I’ve heard that I need to tell the reader nothing, but show them everything. I can’t figure out how to show a character’s thoughts though, that’s something I need to tell the reader.
That’s just one aspect that needs to change. There are probably dozens of problems with my writing that merit adjustment. Ah well, learn by doing I suppose. I have to go to a work-training class Wed night to Thu night, but hopefully after that, I could get back to it and start the sixth chapter.