Chugging away

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So by now I realize I am not a novelist, but I’m chugging away anyway at an astounding 3,953 words in six days!  I’m not including today because I haven’t had time to even try yet, but there’s still some time after dinner.  I’ve found when the writing is “flowing” that I write about 500 words an hour, so considering that I should really be writing 2,000 words a day, that’s four hours a day.  Well, I don’t have that kind of time, so I need to become less anal in my writing and/or just start flying by the seat of my pants!  The fact that I don’t know how to do either of those things is irrelevant (I’m too tightly wound to do otherwise!!!).  I’m still enjoying it, though I’d enjoy it a lot more if I were on track.  I need to get that “different drummer” whose beat I’m marching to to go to doubletime!

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  1. Here’s what I try to do… I don’t always stick to this schedual, but of the scheduals I’ve tried, this is the easiest on for me. Here it goes:

    First off:

    I do not write in chapters.

    I do not write to a set “hours per day”

    I do not write to a set “words per day”

    What I do is, I write small segments or scenes from my book. Say a conversation between two characters. Or maybe the description of a room. Something like that. I find this easier, because I can see a very clear beginning, middle, and end. Not the beginning, middle, and end of the entire book. Not the beginning, middle and end of the entire chapter. Just the beginning, middle, and end of that one scene, which in most cases is 2 to 4 paragraphs long or about 600 – 800 words.

    I make it my goal to write three of these segmants each day. One in the morning as soon as I wake up, before I even get out of bed. One in the afternoon, when I get back in from taking my dog out for his daily walk. One in the evening, last thing just before going to bed. It takes about 15 – 30 minutes for me to write each segment. Or about 40 minutes to an hour and a half each day. In the end I end up with about 2,750 words written at the end of the day. That is, if I actualy sit down and write at all! I should be writing my NaNoNovel right now, cause I haven’t written anything yet today, but instead I find myself reading blogs from other NaNoers. LOL! Some days it’s just hard to get motivated to start writing.

    Anyways, When you take it and break it down into tiny chunks like this, it seems like you haven’t written very much at all, when in fact you have gone well above and beyound your word count goal. I hope this helps. Good luck with your story!

    ~~EK

  2. Thanks EK! I’ll try to loosen things up. If I could write 2,500 words per hour, I’d be on track, too, so I definitely need to make a change and pick up the pace. Now back to work, the both of us!!! ~p

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