Writing Wrongs

January 09, 2007

Iím thinking about setting myself up as the foremost authority on croup. Seriously. This morning, Iím giving Kyraís daycare provider the lowdown on it. Iíve only researched it a ga-zillion times on WebMD and other sites, because my kids have gotten a ga-zillion times.

I was talking to Andrewís doctor this time around, and he said that some kids just get it. And while itís strange for a ten-year-old to have all the symptoms, itís something that does happen to certain people. I foresee a near-term future filled with croup. Iíll have to work on my croupy vocabulary.

Speaking of vocabulary, I made up another word, this one for the novel. To say Iím extra pleased would be an understatement.

It is . . . wait for it . . .

Outlandonish.

Cuz the characterís name is Landon and heís outlandish. Bwhahahah. Okay, maybe you had to be there. On the plus side, since Iím writing YA, I can get away with doing things like that. It might not make the final draft, but for now, Iím being outlandonish.

Yes, itís true, writing the 930 is taking its toll. Eight weeks, people, I signed up to do this for eight weeks. A good part of last year was looking at my writing and how to make it bigger, better, more precise. This year, Iím looking at quantity. How do I get more words?

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 1:30 p.m.

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