Thursday, November 10, 2011

Conversations With an Unwritten Novel

I got the idea here and since I like procrastinating my novel, thought I'd give it a shot.

Novel: Hey, you know how you were feeling really good about your word-count last night? And how it said you'd been done by November 29th?

Me: Yeah, I remember. Why?

Novel: If you look now, it says December 3rd.

Me: Why would you draw my attention to that?

Novel: Oh come on, it's not like you'll have me done by November 30th anyway.

Me: But I'll have 50k. That's close enough.

Novel: Words don't equal story. Remember Stasis? Almost 100 pages and no story. Took you two years to realize that you suck at plot.

Me: Hey, leave Stasis alone. I was 14. Besides, you have a plot, in case you hadn't noticed.

Novel:  You named the villain after a Jersey Shore character you read while your procrastinating. That's plot gold, my friend.

Me: That may be where I got the idea, but it works. Besides, when I think of a better name, I'll go back and change it.

Novel: The way you went back and changed the twins eye color? Oh. . .wait, you still haven't done that yet.

Me: It's like you don't want to be written.

Novel: What I don't want is to be written just so you can say you wrote me. I thought you prided yourself on quality of words over quantity.

Me: I do. And I will. But there needs to be a balance of both.

Novel: At what cost? Your relationships? Your own sanity? People are starting to get annoyed with you because of this. Is it worth it?

Me: Yes, it's worth it. I can't give up now. I'm so close. This is just the Week 2 Slump.

Novel: If you say so. How many words left today?

Me: Shut up, book. You're not real.

Novel: Don't remind me.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reason 620 I Am Thankful for My Boss

Seriously, this guy gives me reasons to be thankful for him and my job every day, but today especially.

Everyone in my life has been super supportive the last 8 days because of a writing competition I'm doing. However, nobody really hears about it more than my boss. This is simply because I'm with him from 9 am to 5 pm five days a week. He's a huge part of my life, which means he also hears the majority of my complaining.

Today, just a little bit ago, I went into his office to tell him his next patient was here and also to lament how much writing I had to do today to meet my word-count. I write at work when I'm not interacting with patients or on the phone, and he knows that and has given his blessing.

But today, after I told him what my word-count was and what it needed to be, he looked at me and said "you can do it". He then went on to say that his 1 o'clock appointment would take three hours, and that I should write away because he knew I could get it done.

To know that he supports me fully and believes in me has been huge, especially today when I'm in something of a rut and funk with my writing.

So, thank you Caden. I fully believe this novel wouldn't get finished without your help.