Example of writing on holiday
A few posts ago I said that I would offer an example of the writing that I tried to do everyday on my holiday, and while I didn’t write everyday, I did write enough to keep my writing withdrawals at bay. So then, here is a fairly long piece which I’m not happy with at all, but at least I wrote – it could spark new ideas, or it could push me into writing something better (the editing of the piece was kept to a complete minimum):
David wiped the sweat off his brow with the back of his hand, then wiped his hand on his trousers. It was a hot day, and there was still plenty of work to be done.
Clutching his wrench he lifted the car up with a jack and crawled under, beginning to check for problems with the undersde of Mrs. Roberts’ car. She wanted it to be fixed this afternoon, but that seemed unlikely in this heat – David was taking too many breaks, and the afternoon was nearly over, anyway. He coughed and began to crawl away from the car when a thin man walked in to the garage, without even seeing the sweaty man lying under the car on his right.
Silently, his eyes darting every which way, the man crept towards the garage’s back-office, opening its wooden door without making a sound.
Who is this man?
Slowly, carefully, David rolled away from the car and crouched low. Nobody else was about: most of the other staff had gone home at the usual time; it was David that was working late. He desperately wanted to call the police, but the phone was in the office, where the thin man had entered. David was quickly running out of options…
In my opinion, this piece is terrible; I had to struggle to not edit it while was copying it into the post! The tenses are muddled, I use very little description of David’s surroundings, and I only really exercise one of the five senses – sight. But the main thing is that I wrote, and it doesn’t matter how terrible you are at writing, whether you’re young or old, big or small, experienced or amateur, your writing will improve the more you write, and that’s a fact.
Consider this: NaNoWriMo is going to be like my little story for everyone that participates – no one will have the time to edit, making the dialogue atrocious, the narrative and description will seem childish, and some characters will most like be two-dimensional. But after thirty days of writing, all the work pays off: they get the satisfaction of writing 50,000 words in a very short amount of time. And even if you don’t finish, you still tried. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
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