I have heard it said that the first million words are for practice. If that is so, then I am moving into my second half of my practice run.
I'm not sure if I get extra credit for a decade of poetry writing and critique, as well as for textbook chapters and professional articles. If so, then I am probably at my million word mark.
What have I learned in those million or so words?
--I still love the play and rub of one word on another.
--I love to find the right combination of sounds that convey just the right emotion and meaning.
--I'm not afraid to slash and burn, deleting whole scenes and chapters and rebuilding them from scratch.
--Revision is not a dirty word.
--When you're a writer, you have license to eavesdrop on conversations. Corollary: If you are a writer, strangers in coffee shops like to talk to you.
--It's hard to work on the WIP during baseball playoffs.
--Writing is hard work, but it's the work I love to do almost more than any other.
--Good coffee is essential for good writing.
--Taking a break from a WIP is *not* the kiss of death.
--Thinking your writing is crap goes with the territory.
--Thinking your writing is great goes with the territory.
--Just not at the same time.
--I write for myself, though I hold onto the promise of a reader like the gold at the end of the rainbow.
--Writing is hard work. (I know, I said that one already.)
I'm sure there are other things I can and will add to this list.
How are you doing on your million?