29th January, 2011

Yesterday I went out and bought Mass Effect 2 for the PS3, and a few people decried that a writer (ie, me) would indulge in such a time sink when they should be writing.

That reminded me, although in a far less extreme way, of a blog post I read recently where someone analysed the Twitter feed of Brandon Sanderson and concluded that he was spending far too much time not writing, and he really needed to knuckle down to work. Specific tweets highlighted included one mentioning that he went out for dinner, played some Magic card games, and went to visit some friends. How very dare he.

Now, clearly that blogger was suffering from entitlement syndrome, or whatever you like to call it – that their favourite writer somehow owes them, and that their primary function in life is to produce fiction. I’ve seen it a few times, although most usually when an author is late on something or their next book is eagerly awaited.

But writers are people too. Sure, I bought Mass Effect 2 for the PS3. I also play World of Warcraft. I read books. I go to the movies. I watch TV. I eat. I drink. I sleep. A far bigger problem is the amount of time I spend on Twitter when I should be writing/editing/scheming, but hey, I’m getting better.

Writers write because they have to write, and there’s not much that will get in the way of that.

Writing
No words yesterday either, but yesterday had a few unexpected twists and turns. Which is an excuse, I know.

Project: <none selected>
Words today: 0
Total words for 2011: 45,701

Editing
Progress continues on The Wasp in the Lotus, and I’m hoping to have the second draft finished today. Following my post from yesterday about editing on screen versus on paper, wereviking from the Zephyr weblog comic mentioned that as a newspaper subeditor, he’s been trained to edit on paper and that’s a hard habit to break. Despite what I said yesterday, I actually agree that editing on paper is important, because you miss a very great deal of stuff on screen just by virtue of the way our brains and eyes work. This means then that printing a entire manuscript does need to be done, but as I mentioned in my response to wereviking’s comment, perhaps as the second step, after an on-screen edit. As a result the printed manuscript should hopefully be in pretty good shape and you can focus on things that were missed. Which means a lot less red pen, and a lot less hassle rekeying it all back into the electronic manuscript.

I also think I’ve decided to put editing Seven Wonders on hold, and start on Ludmila, My Love once I’ve finished with Wasp. I think I’ve decided, but there are still a few days before I can start so I may change my mind.

Reading
Something has happened in Death’s Disciples, and suddenly I’m reading a different book. This is very, very cool.

Books: some pages of Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King.
Comics: On hold until February.