I'm Diving In

Diving @ Skraca Bay, 60 fathoms

This is me.

Figuratively speaking, of course. I’m not crazy enough to jump off a cliff – looking at you, Bella Swan.

What is it with young women named Swan/n and plummeting off cliffs, anyway? Bella Swan does it. Elizabeth Swann does it. All right, it was more accidental in her case, but really, if you’re feeling faint, must you stand so close to the edge?
Do people named Swan(n) have natural urges to do swan dives?

Swan dive

Readers’ replies appreciated, especially if they’re named Swan(n).

The Inksteyne name, I am happy to report, does not come with cliff-diving tendencies, at least so far as actual cliffs are concerned. I can live without the feeling that my entrails are about to be squeezed out through my nose by the invisible hand of the sea.

Rather, I intend to dive off a cliff of blank pages into a sea of ink. (Let us hope I don’t get sliced to ribbons by paper cuts on the way down.)

Pen and Ink Test

Which is to say, tomorrow I begin my “first” draft in earnest. To finish something novel-length by the end of the year, I need to write about 6,000 words each week. That’s about 25 handwritten double-spaced A4 pages.

Can I write that many thousands of words in a day? Will my story plan hold up? Will I still have the use of my left hand by nightfall? Only time will tell…

…and your correspondent, who will report back within the week, even if she has to turn right-handed to do it.

Until then, dear reader, I remain
yours on the left,
Sinistra Inksteyne hand250

4 Replies to “I'm Diving In”

  1. Good luck with your project!! I hope you’ve been able to keep it up (at least a little bit!!) I started writing by hand but got too frustrated by the fact that I kept crossing out and adding stuff in, and soon the whole page was just a black mess of ink! So I switched to typing… Doesn’t have quite as much soul as a pen, but it does get rid of the scribbly-ink-mess problem! How’s your project going? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

    1. Thanks for commenting!

      I know what you mean about the mess of ink – I usually write double-spaced so I can add a phrase if I need to. Anything bigger than that gets noted on the facing page (which is otherwise blank) – just a note for the rewrite and then I force myself to keep going.

      I’ve never done NaNoWriMo but I’m considering it – for next year!
      I shall watch your progress with interest, though: blogging is great for writer’s accountability 🙂

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