More Than Words

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As I’ve been writing this novel, I started paying attention to the words that I used on milestone numbers.  Word 50,000 was ‘chocolate’ – and I think that was the only time that word has been used in the novel.  Word 60,000 was ‘stupid’.

I’m surprised by this.  I thought these words would be something commonplace like ‘and’ or ‘the’ or ‘transcendental’.  Okay, don’t worry, I’m not serious about the last one.  Or maybe the word would be the name of one of the characters that the main character interacts with the most.  A ‘Marla’ or ‘Dan’ or ‘Kelli’ perhaps.  But no, for my novel, it’s ‘chocolate’ and ‘stupid’.

Considering that the novel is about a man dealing with love (or the search for it anyway), his past, present, and potential future, I guess the word ‘stupid’ could be something that comes up fairly often though.   We’re all stupid when it comes to love.  At least we are at times.  And we really should be.  Life is far too short for us not to take chances and go for what we want.  Putting ourselves out there can make us feel like an idiot.  Being honest with someone about our feelings can be awkward and make us feel goofy and foolish.  But that’s okay.  It’s better than okay.  It’s life.

So maybe my novel is realistic if my main character is going to have moments of stupidity.  It’s true to that life.  And, just maybe, it’ll have some parallels to the life I’ve been living.  When all is said and done, we’ll have to see how much of my life you’ll be reading about.

Hmm…  That should make reading the eventual reviews quite an experience…

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