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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-12-30 20:46
Subject: [writing] Progriss riport
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14,400 words today, to 96,300. With any luck, I'll crack 100,000 words on this draft before year end. Not bad given that I started on 12/10, except for 2,600 words of prework.

I'm just about at the pivot point of the second act. Right now I'm forecasting 185,000 words for first draft. Which is fine, it will need some cutting since the production target is 140,000 words. If the draft runs way long, with enough story meat, I'll re-evaluate.

I love this stuff.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2007-12-31 04:54 (UTC)
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You wrote 14,400 words in the last 24 hours?! My hat is off, way off.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 05:19 (UTC)
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In the last nine hours, if you must know. With time off for a nice sit down dinner.
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robvagle
User: robvagle
Date: 2007-12-31 06:15 (UTC)
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That's our Jay!
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Douglas Cohen
User: douglascohen
Date: 2007-12-31 06:40 (UTC)
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Beats my record (10,000 in a day).
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tim_pratt
User: tim_pratt
Date: 2007-12-31 08:56 (UTC)
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Nice word count!

I miss writing binges like that. Maybe when the kid gets older. At this point I'm happy to get a thousand words while he's napping!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 13:41 (UTC)
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Oh yeah, lack of constant, realtime kid maintenance (and presence of parental sleep) are huge part of this.
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tim_pratt
User: tim_pratt
Date: 2007-12-31 16:34 (UTC)
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You provide a good reminder that writing with a child in my life *will* get easier!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 16:39 (UTC)
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Yah. The first real breaks came when the_child was about 3, but she was as difficult a baby as any non-disabled kid is likely to be. If R. is cool about sleeping and self-play, you'll be finding useful time a lot sooner.
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tim_pratt
User: tim_pratt
Date: 2007-12-31 16:42 (UTC)
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He seems blessedly easy so far. The past two nights he's actually slept for more than six hours at a stretch. Based on the theory that any two points form a pattern, we've decided to assume he's started sleeping through the night!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 16:47 (UTC)
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the_child was in grade school before she began sleeping through the night.

Seriously.
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User: caryn71
Date: 2007-12-31 10:23 (UTC)
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Keyword:Moondancing
Ahem.... dayum! You are really pumpin this thing out. Good for you!
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eclectic_writer: lolcat - i are slain
User: eclectic_writer
Date: 2007-12-31 11:54 (UTC)
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Keyword:lolcat - i are slain
*boggles* I don't know how you guys do it, writing that many words in a day. Another of my flist did that many words daily during Nano and regularly does 4k+ on normal days, but wow. Dude. 14k.

My hat is SO off to you.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 13:42 (UTC)
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Thenk yew. I can't write short stories anywhere near that fast, generally, but once I'm really in the groove on a novel, the words sometimes just flow.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: shotgun sf torchwood cap'n jack
User: matociquala
Date: 2007-12-31 14:13 (UTC)
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Keyword:shotgun sf torchwood cap'n jack
I dunno how you do it, man. My envy is extreme and possibly somewhat unflattering.

Also, I am made of being impressed.

The thing that kills me is that they're generally pretty good words, too.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 14:18 (UTC)
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Thank you. From you especially, that means a lot.

I told lasirenadolce that for me, a novel is like skiing. Once I'm on the downhill run, I go. I can certainly be knocked off, but also like skiing, this is generally a Bad Thing.

I wish short stories worked this way. Or maybe they do, and I just don't notice/
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: shotgun spies avengers emma
User: matociquala
Date: 2007-12-31 14:23 (UTC)
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Keyword:shotgun spies avengers emma
I get that very occasionally. I have a short novella hand me 4700 words to finish it off in a single session, recently, and when I was working on The Stratford Man I got between 2500-3000 words on most days.

But usually, it's this slogging forward pulling the damned story after me like a sledge thing I'm doing now. And if it only takes me four hours to get 1500 words, I call that a pretty good day.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 14:35 (UTC)
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BTW, have you done a "box it came in" update lately? I call that same theory "the hand of cards", and I'm going to right about it again soon. Since I swiped it from you, it seems sensible to link back if there's linkage to be had.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2007-12-31 14:38 (UTC)
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Update? I'm not sure what you mean.

At this point, actually, there's almost nothing I do reflexively. It's all layers of craftsmanship and artifice. Which is probably why writing requires so much more concentration and proceeds so much more slowly than it used to.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 14:43 (UTC)
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No, I more meant that you occasionally comment in an explaining-writing-theory sense about how that works (or worked). I understand what you mean about reflex. I am still mired deep within it. The New Model Process is me taking more conscious control, and it has slowed me down some.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2007-12-31 14:46 (UTC)
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Oh, no, I haven't had anything new to say about that in ages. *g*
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-12-31 14:27 (UTC)
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In terms of typing speed, I could probably do 14k in about 7 hours, but I don't believe I could actually keep up the intensity level on that.

My record, for a challenge about a year ago, was 12k in a day. That was in fact an entire short story, from inception to "completion" (first draft, obviously). It took about 15 hours elapsed time and left my brain fried for about three days, and I still haven't finished revising it (in fact, I'm trying to shrink it back down to about 8k).

For me, on a novel, it's a long time before I get to the downhill run, but then I don't do the start-at-the-beginning-and-keep-writing-till-you-get-to-the-end approach that you do. Maybe I should try it, bnuit that means getting a much more serious outline to work from than I normally bother with.

Need to concentrate much more on novelling next year, so I'll see what I can do.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-12-31 14:31 (UTC)
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I think my record is about 22,000 words in one day. I blogged it at the time, but I'd have to go find the entry. That was about 12 hours at the keyboard, and I couldn't do anything the day after. It burned me up.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-12-31 15:02 (UTC)
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Ouch. My hands and elbows wince at the thought.

I think the most I've done in one day has been something like 7500 words, on the first draft of Netwalk. But that story ran away with me. It was a good Nano story.

Pledges, the current novel, is starting to take off a little bit. But I'm writing without an outline, and just the barest idea of what happens next. I know where I want to end up with it, though.

That said, until I type up last nights Pledges work, I'm not doing a year-end summary. I think I broke 255K this year. But next year will start with a deficit as I rewrite Freeriders--um, maybe it should be a novel.
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