The Writing Bug Strikes


Well it’s back. The Bug. This time, however, I’m not going to take this laying down. I plan on grabbing this bug, looking it straight in the eye and saying,


“Hey McFly, you bojo, those boards don’t work on water!”


Now, I know, to most people, that didn’t make any sense whatsoever. Unless you’re a fan of the Back to the Future movies, specifically the second one. For me and my odd sense of humor, it’s completely logical. Funny even! I mean, a deranged writer holding a large insect of some undetermined species, quoting one of the most famous Michael J Fox movie series to date… what’s not to love?


In all seriousness, however, the writing bug is in the house. Both Sandy and I have always had heads chocked full of original stories to tell, but lacked confidence in our abilities to tell these stories in any medium. Photography, art, music, writing. Notice how I said confidence, not ability. Sandy is wonderfully talented, but just doesn’t admit it. This time, though, I am personally going to take Nike’s advice: Just do it. And I think Sandy is going to also, but that’s not for me to reveal. Shhh! Spoilers!



At the time of this post, I am 17,500 words into a story. A somewhat poorly worded and gramatically incorrect story, but a story nonetheless. I’ve decided to take the angle of NaNoWriMo, and just push the story out, quality be damned, in a fixed period of time.


So far, it has worked out pretty well. I’ll admit that I have partially betrayed the spirit of NaNoWriMo and have done a few Editorial passes over my writing thus far. But I was looking for blatant misspellings and grammatical errors as well as obvious plot holes! E.g. Character A was killed in chapter 5 but reappears in chapter 7. My OCD would not allow such atrocities to wait until the story reaches completion. My OCD demanded their execution immediately.


Things are going well, and with the help of the editorial passes, I think I’ve got a solid basis and direction for where the story will go. 17.5K words and 10 editorial passes in one week’s worth of time gives me a fair amount of encouragement that I’ve the inertia to see this attempt through. I will finish!


The fate of Carter Johnson, however, remains to be determined.



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