(Psst…I cheated when I created this word counter. My manuscript goal is closer to 60,000…but somehow I feel better thinking I’m closer to the end.)
I mentioned several weeks back that I made the painful decision to pull the plug on a completed manuscript! Gulp!!! That still stings a little. I liked pieces of the story but overall it was missing something. Something big. So, I opened a fresh new Word document and started over. Same character names. Same setting. Different conflict. The good news = I think the writing is stronger. I say ‘think’ because I’m a really BAD judge of my own writing. Some people can spot their own flaws a mile away….I’m not so talented 😦
The bad news = Summer. My days are completely unstructured. Between vacation trips, fun with the kids, lessons, and plain old living I’m moving at a sloshy pace. Last night I hit eighty pages — not exactly where I wanted to be at this point. As the characters continue to develop in my head I started to create a mental laundry list of things I would not want to see in any hero. Here are just three of my pet peeves:
1: UGLY SHOES
There is no excuse for bad shoe choices if you are of legal age. It’s not hip if you’re a guy to wear shoes that remind a woman of what her mother used to wear in the 1970’s or what some goofy sports figure is wearing to the clubs in Miami. ICK!
2: Obsessive concern with their appearance. Any man that spends more time and money at a salon than the woman in his life leaves me giggling. Sure, being clean and well groomed is essential. But going for a weekly mani/pedi leaves me in search of a barf bag.