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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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jordan_c_price
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.

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