Please God, this is the last school holiday in lockdown. The children have watched far too much TV because I’ve had a cold and couldn’t think of many satisfactory ways to finish the sentence “Turn it off and…”
I have written the best part of 10k words in the last week. Another five and I’ll have reached the fifty I set myself for this iteration. The goal is entirely arbitrary. Hopefully, the end product will be a more satisfactory length, but first drafts make me nervous. I want to be on my second as soon as I can. While 49k is still a novella. 50k is just about a novel. I agree with Zadie Smith:
It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. – Zadie Smith.
(Image of Margaret Drabble from the Guardian)