I wrote today.
Well, I write just about every day. Doesn’t everybody? Show of hands.
I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now: blogs, articles, flash fiction, and of course, my YA novel WIP.
This time around, I’ve been trying to mostly disgorge my YA novel in a fell swoop. You know. Get that puppy down in a first draft and and then go from there, rather than the method of polishing as you go.
That’s a lot harder for me. I’m mostly doing it, and I think it’s paying off in a more complicated plot. But I’m still a panster. If you force me to outline everything beforehand, I am going to be very, very bored when I actually write the thing. And that, my little ones, will show up in the final product, won’t it?
But my last two chapters were SUCH a jumbled mess I gave in and rewrote today, and allowed myself the luxury of polishing.
What a relief!
Even though I write for guys, or maybe ESPECIALLY because I write for guys, I pick every frickin’ word I use carefully. I am a spare writer, kids. Look here.
And I got to wondering today if anyone else Thesaurus Surfs.
It goes like this:
I want to replace GUT WRENCHING.
So I look up “wrench”. Some of the words:
contort, bend, screw, twist
Lets look at “twist”:
corkscrew, warp, twirl, spin
Not quite what I’m looking for. Trying “spin”:
pivot, gyrate, whirlwind, torque.
“…my guts torque.”
That’s a teen guy talking, if you ask me.