My novel seems a particularly large waste of time on sunny days. This weekend was a freak summer in London, with temperatures in the teens, blue skies and the Shard twinkling in the distance. Meanwhile I am indoors, halfway through a labour of love that no-one else has seen or verified is worth the diskspace it sits on let alone a Booker, and that may be complete rubbish from start to finish.
It is therefore easy to want to give it all up and sit out in the sun.
I was sat outside the library having just those thoughts, when a unicyclist wobbled by me on his way to the park.
Probably for the first time in the history of unicycling (and yes, of course there is a Wikpedia article on the history of unicycling), I was inspired by the sight of it.
There are people out there who sit atop a single wheel, their hand holding onto a wall, and practise balancing on one wheel for hours. DAYS.
I went into the library.
I've ditched Scrivener for the time being - not because I don't think it's any good (I do), but my goal at the moment is to finish my first draft, and it's not great at focus. My writing has become distracted. It's too bitty. Scrivener allows, actively encourages, too much of an overview if your work. I think that'll be great for the redrafts, but right now I have to focus on telling the story in sentences, not elaborating with sensations, thoughts, ideas ("she's a journalist?" "she wears glasses?" "she collects china frogs?" - that sort of thing). That can all come later.
I use another book for notes when they occur to me out of sequence (and they always do). All notes are reviewed and go into Scrivener, while the writing remains longhand.
It's working so far - and its non-reflective screen means I can take it into the garden with me on a sunny day - but it means I can only approximate my word count from here on in. I'll also take the opportunity to stop counting my "total word count", as that's becoming irrelevant (plus it just hit over 100,000, a good time to stop counting I think). Each page of my notepad is about 200 words, so this week...
Word count this week: 2,800 First draft: 90,512
(At this rate I'll have a first draft of at least 130,000 words. Way too long. But don't worry, this isn't becoming War and Peace. The redraft starts in June, and it's going to brutal.)