Oh, gosh, a chapter a day, that'd be a miracle for me. When I have an empty schedule and get to just write, my goal is to finish a chapter per week. If I can meet that, then I know I'm on a roll. But inevitably, RL interrupts and throws me off.
I like your trick! That sounds handy. I believe it was Hemingway who would end his writing day midway through a sentence, so he'd have plenty of motivation when he started the next day, and he wasn't starting cold, since he was already in the middle of a thought. I've tried it, but discovered that I must have some form of OCD, b/c I couldn't stand leaving a sentence unfinished.
It pains me to realize it will take me many more months just to finish my books' second draft. Took me just under nine months to write the first, all by hand. September 2019 to May 2020. Looking like ten months for this next, bigger draft... and I am typing it. Originally wanted it done in six months with 110,000 words! Unrealistic and I am slow, so I lowered it to 80,000.
Take heart, HD! Stay the course. You got this.
Yeah, overhauling a draft from scratch always take me longer too. If I finish the first draft in 3-6 months, I can estimate the second draft will take me a year -- unless I'm working on multiple projects at once like I am now. Ugh. I swear, I'm about to undertake yet another overhaul of the opening of my historical, which will be the ... fourth? time I've tried to hammer out an opening for it (trying an entirely new format/timeline arrangement too), so this one is going to take me a LOT longer than expected.
We just gotta stick with it. There's magic in them thar words. Sometimes we gotta chase it down.
325 an hour, you’re a hero. I’m lucky to get maybe 300 but mote like 250. Part of that is how I write, especially if new material. Referring to notes, checking back on name spelling and such. I generally get 2-3 hours at a setting when I write now. My work schedule is a 2-2-3 12hr night shift.
Alatariel: My first time really looking at them all, and I agree! So good!
Oct 17, 2021 10:56:20 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Ack....hate it when I've checked and double checked and even triple checked to make sure all is good, only to find out I submitted an entry that has errors. ACK......
Oct 17, 2021 11:10:56 GMT -6
Alatariel: Always! No matter how many time I read through mine, there will always be something someone picks up on that I missed
Oct 17, 2021 11:32:43 GMT -6
pelwrath: I have learned to accept that I’ll have errors, it’s a given. Only do my best to minimize the number of errors.
Oct 17, 2021 12:01:16 GMT -6
Mazulla: Same here! Why is it we only notice these things once they're submitted?!
Oct 17, 2021 12:19:07 GMT -6
Alatariel: Honestly if it's something small I won't take off points because we're all human.
Oct 17, 2021 13:48:59 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Going to adopt the same policy, Alatariel. Such wise words.
Oct 17, 2021 14:47:20 GMT -6
pelwrath: It's been a few weeks but I had an idea for a 100-word story, and posted.
Oct 18, 2021 0:48:18 GMT -6
Mazulla: Your 100 word entry is great, Pelwrath. I don't have any ideas nailed down yet. I seem to always think on it a few days and sometimes don't post til the last day.
Oct 18, 2021 11:30:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: Mazulla, thank you for your kind words. In truth, I didn’t think I’d have a story for ‘crisp’, that I’d like. While cleaning the windows and screens for winter, the idea came to me. The day was a very cloudy one but for a few minutes the sun did shine.
Oct 18, 2021 12:05:20 GMT -6
Mazulla: When you're trying to put together some critiques, but your 80-90lb dog keeps throwing himself in your lap... And keeps looking at me and smiling. You can see this goof here: i.imgur.com/8UvQpbD.jpg?1
Oct 18, 2021 13:00:28 GMT -6
Alatariel: OMG that picture Mazulla! I'm dying
Oct 18, 2021 13:09:04 GMT -6
Mazulla: Distracting, isn't it? Haha! He makes it so hard to ignore him.
Oct 18, 2021 16:44:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if he’s laughing or barring his teeth to protect the computer.
Oct 18, 2021 20:04:57 GMT -6
Mazulla: Oh, he's definitely being a goof! It's a funny attention-seeking maneuver. Quite dramatic about it, too, always throwing his head back to show those pearly whites.
Oct 18, 2021 21:11:03 GMT -6