This week's post is bound to come out wrong. But.
No-one tells you how hackneyed your writing will seem when first you start to write. Chances are it simply is hackneyed, but I also wonder if what I think of as clichéd phrasing and ideas are just things that have been knocking around in my head for a while. Not well-trodden universals, but symptoms of my view of the world. Perhaps those things that seem so obvious to me - the habits I assign to people, the little behavioural tics or repetitions in dialogue - aren't obvious, even delightful and intriguing, to other people.
What I'm saying is I love how learning to write and express ideas well is usually a lesson not in elaborating on things, but unwinding them, teasing out the essence of what you're trying to say. It's all too easy to mistake a-not-explained-enough thought for a simplistic one that's not worth saying.
That's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it.
Word count this week: 0 Total word count: 95,028 First draft: 85,012