Friday, October 30, 2009

My Second Writing Day

For my second official "Writing Day" I spent a few hours at two different libraries. My wife and the kids were headed to a Halloween party so I had her drop me off at a smaller library on the way. Then, after the party, we headed up to the Pleasant Valley library in Ogden. I'm telling you, I think I'm falling in love with that place.

Imagine a library with a coffee shop, a sitting area with tables and booths galore, a large flat screen TV playing movies (with directional speakers that you can't hear unless you're sitting underneath them), a kid's area with computers and lounge chairs, and free wi-fi. The list goes on, but it turns out that this place is perfect for me to get some writing done.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I wrote three blog posts, including this one, that will be post-dated to help clear my table for my novel-writing efforts. I also managed to get a bit more work done on my short story, "The Viability of a Seed". It's really coming along and I should have the first draft done soon.

I am really enjoying my Friday writing time, and I think that it's really going to end up being a life saver when it comes to getting my NaNoWriMo writing done. I'm definitely not going to use Friday's as an excuse to skip out on my writing during the week, but I'm a realist. I know there's going to be at least a few days where I'm going to end up being too mentally exhausted to do much of anything once I get off work. I have thought about waking up earlier to try to get my writing done before I start in the morning, perhaps I should think about that a little more seriously. I'm not a morning person by any stretch of the definition, but sometimes writing is about making things work - because that's what we need to do.

I'm also happy to report that I recently bought a book for my wife that seems to be an incredible hit. I haven't read it yet, but I took my netbook with me to the store when I bought it and read several raving reviews. Boneshaker is a Steampunk novel based in the civil war era in Seattle, Washington. My wife really seems to like it, too, which is awesome! There's nothing like the joy of finding a book for someone and finding out that they enjoy it, well... unless it's writing a book for someone and seeing that they love it, but that's another story altogether.

1 comment:

Jim Murdoch said...

I've never been able to get any real work done in a public location like that although I have to say it sounds pleasant. I get distracted too easily. Scribbling down a poem is one thing - I can pretty much do that anywhere - but that's about it. Basically I'm too nosey but then that's a part of the writing process too, absorbing stuff.