Stop word counting and start Writing!
What is this fascination with word counts these days? There are daily and monthly contests that challenge the writer to reach a certain word count per day, and that’s all fine and good, but have you read what is produced when trying to speed and hit a word count? More than half of what is written is unusable. Where did this concept start pervading writing and should you do it? As a new novelist I was thrilled at starting a non-word count project. I have written extensively in scientific journals, meaning it’s been non-fiction and to a specific word count for years and I can’t tell you how free writing fiction made me feel. Why would you toss it away just to get something finished? I have many writer friends, I’ve read the writing habits of famous writers, and the one thing that has stood out for me is that everyone is different. There is no ONE way to write. So why this fascination with hitting 1,000 words a day? I think from a practical standpoint that seems to be the agreed upon about to be able to finish a rough draft of a novel in about 90 days. And for some it gets their butts in their chairs and get down to work. So for those that have issues with discipline setting up that kind of daily challenge is probably good for them. But I’m not as concerned about time- and one would think I should be given that I’m in my 70’s. I am of the school that if you really want to accomplish something- you will. Perhaps that comes from my background working with people in chronic pain. My background is in Anaesthesiology and I work as a pain consultant. Treatment of chronic pain takes time and is multi-dimensional. That’s what writing is for me. You need to assess your plot, your characters and then find the right path to put it all together. Sure you can set goals but I like to focus on quality vs quantity. So my advice to all you novelists out there. Stop word counting and start writing! Remember how free you are in this medium and revel in it!!
David Evans is a Toronto-based pain consultant with an interest in all types of chronic, intractable non–cancer pain. An avid fly fisherman, crossword and Sudoko aficianado and global traveler, The Arkansas Connection is David’s first novel but he is hard at work on a second one!
The Arkansas Connection by David Evans
Book Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Jemsdale Publishing
Release Date: February 21, 2013
Frank Munro, manager of the New York Mets, leads a turbulent life trying to win with a team of dysfunctional underachievers. Soon after the Mets lose the final game of the season, Frank finds out his mother has died, and he must return to his hometown of Catsville, Arkansas, to arrange her funeral. His attempt to give her remains a grand send-off results in mayhem, and out of pity his mother’s friend Alice invites him to a "tea party” with three other ladies, where the tea is actually moonshine. Frank gives them a play-by-play of that final game, and manages to survive the evening. He returns to New York to find the Mets’ owner has decided to give him one more chance.
Meanwhile, Bobby Sherward, a doctor-turned-right fielder who sustained a concussion from the fly ball and lost the Mets' final season game, decides that his future is in medicine, not baseball. He takes a position at a veteran’s hospital in Arkansas. Upon arrival, he is amazed to find it's within spitting distance of Frank's hometown.
That’s not the only unsettling coincidence Bobby must contend with, for it soon becomes apparent that Broken Arrow Memorial is the medical equivalent of the Mets. Run by a psychotic medical director, the hospital is the home of indifferent or incompetent doctors, electro-convulsed patients, and assorted weird experiments.
Bobby soon has enough, but before he leaves town he encounters a remarkable sandlot baseball player named Jonathon Brown. Besides being a phenomenal player, Jonathon is also a mathematical genius who runs a highly successful investment group in the back room of a local diner.
Bobby manages to convince Jonathon to try out for the Mets, and his incredible skills both on the field and in finance bring him and the team fame and prosperity. But Jonathon also raises the ire of the brokerage firm losing customers to his sound investment advice. As a result, the company's CEO makes plans to “eliminate” the new competition. Will Jonathon survive his trip to the big league, and complete the Arkansas Connection?
PLEASE NOTE: There are some suggestive scenes and swearing in the book- so it’s not for children.