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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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ali_wilde
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!!!
jordan_c_price
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.

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