Calling off the hunt.

     Yesterday (Sunday), I posted that I was going to finish my novel in 4 days.  I knew from the get-go that it was a totally insane idea, but I didn’t realize how troubling it would actually be to try and pull off.  Shortly after I posted that, I had to go help show a couple of apartments, and when I got back, I promptly slept for 4 hours.  I woke up, wrote a little, then slept for 2 more hours.  I woke up, wrote some more, walked about 5 miles, had lunch, then slept for 7 hours.  It wasn’t inherent laziness — though I am inherently lazy — it was that every time I sat down to write, I looked at the task ahead of me and became exhausted at simply the thought.

     Writing quickly became a dreaded thing, and even though I managed 2,000 words a day, I felt as if I wasn’t getting anywhere — which is ridiculous, because I almost never manage 2,000 words a day!  I also felt that my writing was suffering for it.  I was sucking every word out of every sentence that I possibly could (and that means adding words, if that wasn’t clear).  I was driving for word count, not quality.

     It was a fun exercise, and got me from 8,000 words to 12,000 (which is a 50% increase, for those who suck at math).  If I can keep up 2,000 words a day, I’ll finish in two weeks, and that ain’t half bad.  Maybe someday I’ll be to the point where I can write 8,000 words a day and have them all be excellence personified, but for now I’d rather write slowly and write well and appreciate the achievement of writing 2k/day, instead of seeing that as only 1/4 of a day’s work and becoming depressed about it.


One thought on “Calling off the hunt.

  1. Having been in this situation before, I know exactly what you mean. When you’re pushing yourself to write at an insane pace, writing can become a drudgery. Sometimes you have to push through, like when you’re writing for a producer under a deadline. And, sometimes you need to pull back and go more slowly. Either way, the exercise wasn’t wasted – you’re up to 2,000 words a day, and that’s great! Congrats, and keep going!

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