I have written 2,929 words this week – a significant improvement on last week’s total, though with a very close daily average. Writing every single day pays off. My streak is now 8, and I have continued to work exclusively on the Mountain Story.
I’ve heard it said that a writer must write 1,000,000 words to reach competency as a writer (there are a few candidates for who first said it). A couple of years ago I worked out I’d written about half that. Since then I’ve not written much, certainly not enough to get to 600,000.
It is debateable whether that million word mark means anything. Certainly for some it could be more and for some it could be less. I dare say, too, that it assumes writing in long form – novels, serials, novellas at the very least – rather than short form such as flash fiction and short stories, even novelettes.
Still, a million words. It’s got a nice ring to it. A challenge. A long-term goal, perhaps.
Okay so here’s the thing. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Mark Lawrence. I read his first book, Prince of Thorns, and I was hooked. I’ve reviewedeverybook as he’s released them – beforehand, in one case, since I managed to get hold of an ARC. I pre-ordered The Liar’s Key in September last year. Mr Lawrence has got a great voice to his prose, one that keeps me reading – this time round til 1:30am two nights running – and fantastically fun protagonists. There was never any doubt in my mind that once again he’d pull it off and I’d of course review his book and say it’s great. Which it is.
And therein lies the problem. There’s only so many ways you can say “this author’s great”. But I’ll see what I can manage.
In a Guardian article posted this afternoon, it is revealed that Amazon’s attempt to clamp down on fake and inaccurate reviews has taken a creepy turn. An author called Lori L Otto posted on her blog some weeks ago about a fan who was blocked from posting a review of her latest book on Amazon, because, to quote the Amazon email she received:
We cannot post your Customer Review for “Olivia (Choisie Book 2)” to the Amazon website because your account activity indicates that you know the author.
It’s been a busy and tiring couple of weeks for me. I started a new job a week ago, a part time job in a shop which involves hours of being on my feet. Going from an office job, where the most exercise I did within the work day was the walk from the car park to the office, this has been a challenge for me. But my first week is over and I’ve recovered from it, and now it’s time to get the rest of my activities back on track.