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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-02-09 21:03
Subject: [process] Ouch, did anyone get the number of that manuscript?
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Tags:beast, books, green, process, tourbillion, writing
I just realized that I have written slightly over 20,000 words of first draft fiction in the past three days. No wonder I'm feeling a bit whacked upside the head. Mind you, I've written more than that in one day a time or two, but those are the kind of days that make you spend the next lying on the couch wishing they made pizza you could sip from a can so you wouldn't have to get up.

This sort of hypergraphic frenzy can be typical of me finishing a novel, though on the last two first draft projects (Green and Tourbillon) I limited my daily wordcount to guard against burnout, so I never hit this level of burst production.

Chances are very good that ordinarily I would finish The Heart of the Beast tomorrow — I have a chapter and a half to go, maybe 6,000 words — except that I owe revisions on a novella to a market, and I promised them for tomorrow. So I expect I'll put in my two hours tomorrow, then switch to the novella. But I'll be startled if I don't cap this sucker on Wednesday, unless Fred has saved up some real surprises for the ending.

I'll talk more about wordage and burst mode and how this completely different outlining regimen has affected my process when I do the post-mortem later. For now, suffice to say there's some very good reasons I've moved away from burst mode writing in general, but when it comes upon me, I don't feel compelled to fight it off with torches and pitchforks.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Zachary Spector
User: blackmonkeymage
Date: 2009-02-10 06:16 (UTC)
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but those are the kind of day that make you spend the next lying on the couch wishing they made pizza you could sip from a can so you wouldn't have to get up.

With pizza on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime!
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2009-02-10 07:25 (UTC)
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Keyword:watchmen
Lazy slacker! Get back to work!
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manmela
User: manmela
Date: 2009-02-10 08:06 (UTC)
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You're a machine, sir!

The Jayminator!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2009-02-10 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>wishing they made pizza you could sip from a can<<

Quit writing immediately and go get a patent on Liquid Pizza(tm).
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jeffsoesbe: yeff yahoo avatar
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2009-02-10 17:52 (UTC)
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It's funny - I read a comment like "I have written slightly over 20,000 words of first draft fiction in the past three days" and I have an attack of professional jealousy. If, by "professional jealousy", I mean thoughts like "wow, I'm a failure cause I can't produce anywhere near like that"

But then, the more rational side of my brain takes over and I realize: You've been at this for 20 (?) years now; been publishing stories for 8+ of those; have been very aggressive about getting yourself as much writing time as you can; and very diligent about making the most of that time.

So the "failure" feelings go away. Sure, I feel like a slacker, but that feeling can eventually be remedied by judicious application of time and effort.

And I'm certainly not trying to make you feel bad for posting your numbers! Instead, they're a reminder of how much persistence it takes to succeed in this biz...

random thoughts,

- yeff
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