I could see how this sort of work could become completely soul destroying if a person did it for too long though. I wouldn't want to do this for the rest of the year - I'd go mad. Although, having said that, I suppose if you intersperse it with your own writing it might be more bearable.
So what I did was, I spent an hour on my Faerie book this morning. I moved the plot along just a nudge and introduced another character, and felt quite good about myself. Actually, I just generally feel quite good about myself today, because I have successfully ignored the stinking cold I've got :) It has not prevented me from doing anything - although I think I'm a bit feverish this evening, and might be struck down tomorrow! But it's just a cold - I know people who have worse things than a cold today :(
So, all in all, a good start to the year. I may have seriously messed up my chance of getting a lovely little proofreading job, because I'm an idiot and should not have done the test piece when I was tired. But at least I'm being productive, and at least I haven't curled up in a corner and cried and said something like 'oh nooooooo, I'm so stupid, how could I be so stupid?' and 'I'll never be a proofreader now!' Because I still will be a proofreader; I just won't have my first job with the very nice and patient Liam Bennett.
Well, and that's all for now. I'm going to get Lord of the Rings, and I'm going to start reading it, because I need to find out how to write battles - I'll be coming up to a small skirmish in my book soon, and I need some ideas on how to put down the right words for that.
|Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, as you can see. |
Another book with really good battles in it - battles with dragons: stupendous!