Well, the flu is almost gone and I’ve made it over the 50,000 word hurdle!
I’m still completely out of routine and exhausted from coughing so I’ll keep this brief.
Thank you to those who commented last week with updates on their work. It was so lovely to hear from you.
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Yesterday, as I passed 49,000 words, I suddenly came up with a novel-changing idea which means I’ve basically got to scrap everything and start back at square one…and I’m so excited! The new idea requires a completely different format, and my snippet today is a sneak peak at that format.
So, here goes. Please remember this is a rough draft.
For all those who remember Edward’s previous run in with the gas stove, here is his tried and true method for turning the gas on.
1. Roll up sleeves. This prevents the likelihood of your clothes catching fire.
2. Position yourself far enough away from the stove so that your hand can reach the knob but you’re still at a distance which protects your eyebrows and various other singe-able parts of your person.
3. Hold down the knob. When you hear the clicking sound, turn the knob. The flames will gush out with force. Hold your nerve and proceed to step four.
4. Depress the knob several times in quick succession. This is to ensure the flames ‘catch’ and don’t go out the second you take your hand off the knob.
5. Once you have a good blaze going, keep holding the knob down and turn it until you’re happy with the size of flames. (You’re never going to get perfectly obedient flames so just resolve yourself to fast cooking and pick a reasonable flame height. Suggestion: 2cm is probably the smallest you’re going to get.)
6. Gently and slowly release the knob. Hopefully your flames will remain. If not, repeat steps 3 to 6.
NOTE: If you do at some point need to open the cupboard under the stove, do so slowly and carefully. If opened too quickly, the suction of air will blow gas flames out and you will need to start at step 1 again.
Now, please share with us a snippet from your writing this week. It doesn’t have to be polished, just something you liked.
Remember, everyone is welcome to join in. You don’t have to be doing NaNo WriMo, and you don’t have to be writing a first draft. Share a snippet and feel proud of it.