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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-24 20:23
Subject: [writing] Endurance progriss riport, day 11
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Tags:books, calendula, endurance, process, writing
Well, day 10 of writing Endurance was a zero word day, thanks to a transient lower GI problem. That was yesterday. Today, day 11, I have been severely challenged by the logistics of working a full day, packing for Iron Springs and fetching calendula_witch from the airport. Still, I got in 2,500 words in an hour and fifteen minutes. That meets one of my two minimums.

She and I discussed this issue of insufficient production for a while this evening. I think I'm going to reset my goalposts from two hours/2,500 words per day to 17,500 words per week, and give myself the flexibility to balance my time without feeling like I've failed. Given that I wrote 39,000 words last week, that goal has a lot of play in it. But right now I do feel like I failed in not writing yesterday, and in not writing a full two hours today. That's unfair to me and it's unfair to the book. So I bow to the wisdom of calendula_witch, and reset my self-evaluation parameters from daily to weekly.

The reality is I'll probably write pretty much the same. I'll just have more options when things get crunchy, as they have in the past 48 hours.

Today's WIP:
"We built machines to work the mines, to provide air and light and wondrous goods to the city. Long since abandoned, most of their purposes even forgotten, still we tend those machines." His voice was sad now, tinged with the losses of history and time. "Now in these late days, the sorcerer-engineers mine the old ways for scraps of knowledge. Steam kettle ships come from across the oceans, and some of them even bear light. All our city can do is buy goods off their rails and stare longingly at the iron hulls and the growling power to sail against the wind."

He was pushing me into the precincts of my own memory. "I have sailed aboard those steam kettle ships."

"They were not built by us. Our pride is in our past. The future comes speaking another language, seen first by foreign eyes." That sadness had taken him over completely.


Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-06-25 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dude, she's good for you.

It's always difficult when you have two writers together. I'm not sure I could ever swing it, although my DH has given me good feedback and advice when needed. You two, though--I'm so glad she's giving you the sense of perspective you need.
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jeffsoesbe: yeff yahoo avatar
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2009-06-25 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Hey Jay --

A random note: I know that some people see your word counts and feel disheartened, or depressed, or even angry.

I feel more inspired, because I know those word counts (and the strong prose you write now) are the result of many years of hard work, and dedication, and sacrifice.

I might not put in as much time as you, or have as much experience, but that's an issue of my not making the commitment to make the time.

So here's a question based on this thought: Do you feel like the last few years of success have been, for you, "reaping the reward" of so many years that were certainly tougher? Were there every any doubts, when it was tougher, that you would ever "reap the reward"?

Best wishes, sir! Have a blast at Iron Springs. And well done!

See you at the next con,

- yeff
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Doubts? All the damned time. Still do. Ultimately, the writing itself is the reward. Everything else is serious gravy. Yanno? Thinking of it any other way would be setting myself up for some ugly failure.
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jeffsoesbe: bald man thinking
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2009-06-29 21:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bald man thinking
Yeah I guess expecting any reward beyond the story itself is indeed a recipe for disappointment, isn't it?

Time to live in the moment of the story itself.

As Steven Gould said at VP, only worry about what you can control. Which usually boils down to the writing...

- yeff
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francybee
User: francybee
Date: 2009-06-28 02:07 (UTC)
Subject: Listen to her
I'm glad you are listening to someone about giving yourself permission to slow down. :)
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