my reluctance to read any novel at all right now is the contaminant factor, what could enter in and shift my voice and tone. this is a very real problem for me. but I think I should read a certain book, maybe just long enough to see how a certain author makes her book work. if I listen really hard maybe I can catch my character’s voice before it starts to balloon away.
the good news is that I did work on the novel yesterday. the bad news is that there are almost no words. it’s that eye on the freaking word count. the tally. the little girl with her first calculator. and almost overnight those things were solar-powered. and smaller and smaller. then bigger again.
there is no satisfaction like an adding machine, old school.