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Nose to the Grindstone [Sep. 25th, 2008|11:47 am]
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3228 words today so far.   Since I suddenly had to add another 1050 words yesterday after thinking I was done, that could happen again.

14,758 words so far this week.

Stuff continues to happen, at an accelerating rate.  This is a sign (I think) that the story is rounding the far turn and headed for the home stretch.  The fact that I can't see the finish line yet is--I hope--trivial.


From: jenrose1
2008-09-25 07:37 pm (UTC)
COrrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't it worse to be able to see the finish line but not have a clue why they get there?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-09-26 10:06 pm (UTC)
Writers vary in what's hard and easy for them. I frequently have some idea (often not very exact) about the finish line (e.g. "they come out OK but they don't fool their father" for "Say Cheese" or "K- gets over himself" from a story I just sold) and no idea how to get from point A to the end when I start. That's often true for intermediate goals; I often can see a day or two ahead of where I am and have some idea what's going to be the next "goal" but there are still surprises. The finish line gives me a general heading, then I plunge into the fog, emerging (in long projects) from time to time on another hilltop, from which I can see how far I went astray--or not. Interesting stuff happens while I'm bushwhacking through briar patches and swamps I didn't know were there. Every day's an adventure (scarier as the deadline approaches.)

For instance, today it was "I think A- is going to find out something from B- or someone else that leads J- to decide he must visit K-." That hasn't quite happened yet, but we're closer and the stuff that happened is connecting to other stuff. (Don't you love that huge vocabulary of nouns I'm displaying...stuff and other stuff?)
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From: jenrose1
2008-09-26 10:33 pm (UTC)
I've had the last sentence of the next to the last chapter stuck in my head for WEEKS for the story I'm working on. But it gets frustrating sometimes, knowing that something is going to happen a week out in storytime, and not really understanding how the heck they're getting there.

It's been working okay, but only if I give them their heads and let them go.
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From: jenrose1
2008-09-26 10:34 pm (UTC)
OH, and nouns are good. They're better than pronouns.
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From: bosswriter
2008-09-26 01:37 am (UTC)
Way to go! On my best day I can only generate 1500 words before my brain fries.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-09-26 09:58 pm (UTC)
Different brains have different basic rates of production. With practice, most people can get up to 1000 words/day. Some can do far more than I can, day after day (I am in AWE!) And it varies with the project (I write way too many words online and they come very easily) and with the health and distractions of the writer.

So if 1500 is your top speed...fine. Speed and quality are independent variables if the speed is within the writer's normal envelope. (Pushing for much more than your normal speed can result in using the easy words instead of the right words, of course.)
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From: jenrose1
2008-09-26 10:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't write ANY fiction for about ten years. Then I started chugging out 7000 words per day. I'm down to about four thousand now, but I figure that it's better to put out 1500-3000 words a day every day than to go for ten years without writing. I'm in awe of people who can just keep chugging away at it. I start to feel crazed about the project when I drop down too far, then I realize, "hey, it's okay to only write some in a day, as long as I DO write some in a day."

I am not a patient person.

I'm feeling all smug because I've been writing for about five weeks now. Y'all have been writing for how many years? And in all likelihood, when this project is over, I might write another story in a few months, or a few years, but not everyday, not for the rest of my life.

The other thing is that when I was putting out the higher volume, I had someone around to watch my youngest kid and I was doing NOTHING ELSE.
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