Cranked out another thousand today. This is the style in which I am writing
yuka and i part outside shibuya station, her to catch the yamanote to kawasaki, me to catch the tokyu-toyoko to musashi-kosugi. as soon as we part i look around me at the millions of faces rushing by and feel sober again, for an instant, then – one foot in front of the other – get myself up the stairs, through the ticket gates for the tokyu-toyoko, along the platform until i find a car with space, and step carefully inside. there are no seats so i hold a handle and stare at the patterned yellow bricks on the platform until they start to make me feel sick, then i just look at the floor of the train car. i replay flashes of the evening’s karaoke in my mind and try not to smile in case someone is looking.
though it’s more drafting than writing, I suppose. My big uncertainty of the day is whether to continue in the present tense, which gives it that immediate, real-time feel, or to switch to past tense because it’s more familiar to readers. For now I’m sticking with present tense because it feels right, and I can go back and change it all later if I want to. Are there any drastic reasons NOT to write in present tense?
There was no electricity at home for most of the morning so again I had to rely on the net cafe below my work to write. On the way there I did something new: made a basic plan of what situations I was going to write for Mari today. Having had no specific goals in mind for the previous two days, this objective made me much more focused and disciplined in my writing today – where those previous two days yielded barely two hours of Mari’s life, today’s half hour session took her through a night, a day and a morning. I still have like five years of novel time to write her through, but it’s all practice, right?
Anyway, the point is that even the most basic plan or outline definitely helps. Goodness, perhaps should start applying this to other aspects of my life as well?