I have a guest post up at Blurb it, a blog run by the Gold Coast City Library. It lists some of my favourite books of recent times and will be followed soon by a post of books I am looking forward to reading this year.
On the writing front, I recently read an article by Cory Doctorow with a few writing tips including a target of 250 words per day, every day. His logic being that this can be done in 20 minutes and could get you a novel in less than a year. My previous target of 4-5000 words per week was not happening. Even 2000 per week was hard as I would end up trying to do it all on Sunday night. But 250 words, he’s right, I can do that in 20 minutes. Even less. I can do it on the short train ride between Ashburton and Camberwell. I also leave what he calls a “rough edge”, in the form of a short comment describing what is going to happen next. So when I start the next day, I don’t have to think about what’s going to happen in the story. So far, so good. We’ll see how long I last.
For what it’s worth, my would-be novel has just passed the 25,000 word mark. Still nowhere near the 50,000 I had aimed to write by the end of last November, but it still feels like quite an achievement.