Jan. 5th, 2010

As defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
Aptitude:
1 a : inclination, tendency b : a natural ability : talent
2 : capacity for learning
3 : general suitability : aptness

I tend to take the 2nd meaning to be the truest meaning of the word. That a person has an aptitude for something is a purely intellectual quirk.

1b, for me, is closer to what I usually term affinity -- though the M-W seems to think that I can't use it that way. Affinity is less cerebral a term, more passionate and intimate.

And then there's the 10000 hours. That's the amount of time that's been quoted ad nauseam that somebody needs to become good at something.

Most writers have affinity. Conversely, I'm not so sure that so many...I don't know...engineers do. Same for economists, by the way.

And as for the point of the original post? I don't know any more 

05/01/2010

Jan. 5th, 2010 11:06 pm
1.

I think I'm writing erotica.

At least, that's how I feel after the one scene that anybody's read.

2.

I've 8399 words. I'm not sure how I managed to write this much, this fast. But I shall attempt not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

According to my deadline (I had to have one to use Word Tracking in WriteWay), end of March 2011, I have to write 216 words a day, and I've been making that goal or more every day. Which is nice.

3.

I have come upon a problem of immense size. And was laughed at by people on Twitter -- deservedly so.

The Laws of Love essentially spans 2 ten-year periods (that are separated by 30-50 years).

According to people who are better read than me, most books than compress such big timelines have come in at about 150k. (They recommended people like Michener, Clavell and Dunnett for my examples list.) In fact, they are all great big fat tomes of historical fiction.

My goal for this draft is 100k, and then to cut to 80k. Only, if the rest of the draft is anything like what I have at the moment, I'm going to be adding stuff more than cutting, I think.

WTF was I thinking?

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