I have passed the 75% of my goal mark for the year a few days before the start of October. This bodes well for my goal but I don’t want to count my words before they’re all 1s and 0s.
I think the best part of this surge to get back on track is that I haven’t had time to take names. There has been no time for “I’m not feeling creative” or “Where’s my muse?” or “I must have X, Y, Z and a shot of Midleton Irish Whiskey or I simply can not write”. Nope, none of that. I have sat down my at my computer every single day and cranked out a word count.
I’m not saying it was all gold. I’m sure there are some edits needed. The important thing is that the story is there, waiting for my edits. I’ve already done the hardest part.
Chuck Wendig over at TerribleMinds told a great story of Pete, a man who loved books enough to take a bullet for them.
It’s a story for writers who hear “Why don’t you get a real job?” or are currently holding down a day job and writing with the remaining “free time”. If you’re struggling with why you should write, take a look at Pete’s story.
If you like it, pick up Chuck’s ebook and hear what he has to say.
If you’ve been around the internet in the last few days, you may have noticed this is Banned Book Week.
My sister was surprised to see this was still an issue. I’m surprised, to a point. Okay, you find the content of Twilight objectionable. (Add your own jab about Twilight having tons of other issues besides content in the comments.) So don’t let your teen read it. That’s your choice, in your household. To go to your library and demand that they remove the book because you don’t like it… That’s idiotic. The choice is yours to read the book or not read it. Let everyone else have that choice too.
Next up we look at some of the classics that either are banned or challenged on a regular basis:
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
These books are classics. They offer far more than the paragraph you managed to find of “titillating” text. Which I can assure you is far less violent than whatever you just watched on CSI Miami or far less provocative the the innuendo laden episode of the sitcoms currently airing.
Maybe you don’t let your teens watch those shows either. Good for you. Other people do like those shows, and those books, and it’s not up to you to take that away from them. Freedom means some people will pursue activities you don’t like. That is their choice, not yours.
So what book will you be reading this Banned Book Week? My book this week will be 1984, by George Orwell.
(I honestly had a hard time writing this post… The concept that a person would dictate what another person is able to reads is so utterly alien to me.)