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A productive day

I needed to post still more love for the book 4-Hour Workweek, for reiterating many things I already knew, but needed to hear again.

Work expands to fill whatever time you allot to it - yes indeed, I said that on Packing Heat many, many times and it's true.

The Pareto Principle - a large proportion of your results come from a small part of your work - yep, I know that too.

What the hell do I do with myself? Why is it other authors can write 3, 4, 5000 words per day and I can't? Yes, I do need to think and reflect and research and learn and simmer, I believe that. It's where the connections and motivations in my stories develop. So often I have huge revelations about the relationships of elements in my novels while I'm doing something totally unrelated to writing, usually a "nothing" thing like getting dressed. And I can also see I choose my words more carefully than some authors, plus I'm willing to throw away something that's not quite right and start again so I nail it. But I still don't feel like I'm performing at peak. I've got to figure out a way to stop spinning wheels, but I feel optimistic about it rather than self-flagellating.

The Starving Years is forging into unexpected and exciting territory. Loving it.


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Nov. 4th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I have no advice. I'm the queen of managing to take whatever length of time I have and making the project fit. 2 days? No problem. 2 weeks? No problem. It will take me exactly that long. Sigh. I always have good intentions, but we know where the road paved with those leads.
Nov. 4th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I think putting the writing early-early certainly helps me. Today I wrote over 1200 words, and then worked on a website, and then got a novel 50% typeset.

The thing is, it's so hard to discern if you're not writing because of reticence, or because there's a big huge problem with the story you need to work through mentally first.

I suspect that just knowing the work will expand to fit is helpful to relize.
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
So that means Andy and I should be writing 6, 8, 10000 words a day? ROFLMAO!!! There are days when we barely write 200... between us. *sigh*

The Starving Years is forging into unexpected and exciting territory. YAY!!!
Nov. 5th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Do you think two writers always means twice as fast? I don't think it necessarily does, though I suppose what makes the difference is your working method. Theoretically, a slower writer would slow a faster writer down.

Anyway, I'm pretty leery of anything over 2k words/day because I think "depth" happens in between writing sessions. Possibly, writers who have detailed outlines discover all the depth and connections within their stories there and can go faster.
Nov. 10th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
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