Routine is one of those words often used with somewhat negative connotations. Same old, same old. Just routine. The usual. I’ve been trying to get to the usual for weeks now, and I think I’d finally getting close. Soon school will start and our life will be a little more regimented, which is not a bad thing. Magic Rises still hit NYT at #15 the second week of release, but I am reasonably sure it will fall off the list this week, and we can go back to normal.
Success is very relative in this business. We get all excited if we make the list. Some books have been on it for 50 weeks. I’d love one day to write something that just stays there for a while, but you know what? If we never hit #1 again, I would still be on cloud nine, because it happened. I never expected this. We can only write what entertains us, and apparently stuff that entertains us (and you) is pretty weird. Strange stuff like ours usually doesn’t end up on bestselling lists and I am so glad you guys like to be weird with us.
On writing related note, I saw this quote yesterday while messing with Scrivener and thought it was astute:
“Good writers have two things in common: they prefer to be understood rather than admired; and they do not write for knowing and over-acute readers.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s an interesting observation. Most widely read authors are read widely in a large part due to the accessibility of their narrative. They start their book assuming the reader knows very little. People have an unlimited capacity to learn and a writer can teach the readers pretty much anything through the narrative, but the lower is that starting threshold, the wider is the audience.
I had a good writing day yesterday. I need many more to finish this draft, so I blocked the social networks. There is this awesome program called ColdTurkey, and I’ve blocked Twitter. Facebook was never an issue for me, as I don’t go there that often. So if you’re twitting up a storm at me, I am not seeing it.
I’m trying the Nutrisystem. So far I lost three pounds. Unfortunately due to errands, I’ve slacked off on walking, which I am planning to remedy today. I also keep forgetting to drink water.
That’s about it. I need to put my socks on, put my shoes on, and start walking. Ted Moynohan is waiting for me in the next scene, so I must make some bad things happen.
How is your Friday going?