And it’s good night from him.
A simple line, but by gum, I wish I could have written it! So, another of the great entertainers takes their final curtain call in a year that so far, I for one wish we could do without. We’ve lost so many already this year. You’ll be missed Ronnie Corbett.
As writers, we’re always hoping to come up with that ‘killer’ line, those few words that, on their own don’t mean anything, but put them together in the right order and bam! Of course, it’s the 400th anniversary of a certain gentleman’s birth this year who’s become the go-to writer for killer lines. Yes, I am taking about the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, but don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another half-baked celebration, for a start, and please don’t tar and feather me, I’m not a huge fan. I can just about take some of his comedies, but any of his serious plays usually send me to sleep – sorry.
My point is simply that we use his killer lines in our everyday speech, most of the time without knowing it, and wouldn’t we all love to be quoted! In the good way of course. It’s only six words, ‘And it’s good night from him’, but so memorable. I think we could all quote scenes from our favourite novels, but most of us wouldn’t be able to quote a favourite line, or perhaps rather one that would stand out for longer than a few months in our minds.
Which brings me onto the update on my present WIP. I talked in my last Blog update about how hearing a radio interview had interrupted the flow of what I was writing at that time, if you recall. The new one, tentatively entitled ‘Three Little Words’ (but very likely to change. Not because I don’t like it, but because it’s already been taken a number of times), and as of the last few days, I have finished the first draft with the word count standing at 81,986 words. Deciding that I’d like to get about 10,000 words done from Monday to Friday kept me on track.
This is the most I’ve ever managed to consistently do. As first drafts go, I don’t think it’s come along too badly. Not sure if I’ve even made any foobars with the timeline! Of course, now I’ve said that, I’ll go back into it, have a wee re-read and find it’s completely up the spout. No, I won’t believe that. My only concern is that my male protagonists don’t make huge appearances – yet. When they do, they make an impact and the story doesn’t seem to miss them, so perhaps I’m wrong?
I believe I’m basing this on the last story I completed where there was only one main male protagonist, who appeared in each chapter after around page thirty, whereas with this one, there are three. It’s also written in first person as opposed to third, so none of them can actually appear all the time and when they do, they either have to have an impact on my lead character, or she does on them. Maybe it’s alright, I won’t know until I start to take a slow read through.
To misquote the (also) late, great Eric Morecambe, I’m writing all the right words, but not necessarily in the right order.
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