Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Row80: Swearing over the goalposts...
I have gotten derailed and may have to move the goal posts. Sick kid and hubby and cats and Christmas decorating and life have collaborated to derail my writing progress. Somebody get me a violin. I haven't made much progress in the past week. I'm sitting at 66,000 and my projected goal for the day is supposed to be 74,000. I have some work cut out for me. The past couple days I've sat down to write and it hasn't gone smoothly. So, today and I know you aren't suppose to do this because it is a rough first draft after all, I went through the entire thing, organized and outlined what scenes I do have to figure out where I was, because it is a mystery after all and what did I do with the dang clues. I think I have a handle on it now and am ready to proceed forward. Yaahoo!
Also, I came to a decision about my main character. She is a prosecuting attorney and since she can't swear in court, I decided she won't swear in the rest of the her life. It was interesting because I had never really given it much thought before. An attorney has to be articulate so it stands to reason, right. They can't be telling the judge the ruling is f'ed up or the defense attorney, well I think that is bs. Can you imagine? *facepalm* I decided that in order for her to not to slip up in court, she just wouldn't use those words at all. It seems to have rubbed off on the rest of the characters as well. They find themselves catching it and changing a word midstream in order not to swear around her.
I noticed something interesting the other day. You remember orange county choppers? We hadn't watched it in a long time. I just can't stand shows in which folks can't communicate without using the f word in every single sentence. Hubby got me to watch the American Chopper Live Build off and I have to say I was really proud of Paul Tuttle Jr. Through the whole show he took the high road and I don't think I heard one swear word come out of his mouth. He refused to say anything negative and I think he deserved to win. I think Senior thought so too and wanted him to win, which is why he came out with such a bizarre design. Senior and potty mouthed Jessie James couldn't censor themselves for anything and it just goes to show, money doesn't buy you class. Paul Tuttle Jr exhibited true class and when he started acting like an articulate adult, people started taking him more seriously.
What do you think. Is it more effective to have only the bad guys swear?
That's my insight for the month. Row80 ends in another week. However my goal is to finish the first draft by the end of the month, so I have 16 days left. Going to do my darnest to make it. Wish me luck.
Check out how everyone else is doing here.