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Writing at a turtle's pace

Writing is hard. As much as I love it, and as seemingly sane as writing keeps me, it's hard some days. Writing wasn't hard today because of the content I was writing. I actually had some idea of where I was going with the story, or as much of an idea as someone without an outline can have.

The problem was the candy in front of me. Write a few words, grab a piece of candy. Write a few more words, grab some candy. Next thing I knew, I had only written 300 words and had eaten more candy than I'm willing to admit. It didn't help much that I bought two bags of candy this weekend because they were 75% off. Mmm, Mounds and Heath bars.

An hour later I had written a thousand words. This is not my normal pace of writing, and it's especially problematic because I have to be awake again in eight hours--and alert at that. I was already falling asleep at my desk at four in the afternoon. What's a writer to do but fix some hot chocolate and bring it back to the writing station?

Okay, this didn't help either, but it was yummy, and it was a good distraction from my writing. Another three hours passed, and I wrote only two thousand words. I slowed down even more, but at least I hit my personal quota for the day. Despite having written at what feels like my slowest pace since my first few years of NaNoWriMo, hitting quota is a good thing, right?

Let's hope tomorrow is better.

Originally posted at SWAT. Reposted here because it's somewhat interesting. You should go read there too, though, especially if you're from South Dakota or Wyoming since they're not represented on my US map yet. I posted excerpts from my NaNo novel!


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Nov. 11th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Oh man, writing is hard for you, too? That makes me feel a bit better.

It's funny how I've been writing for most of my life, and yet it never seems to get easier. Just a tad bit more complicated or different each time.

Also, I have Oreos and Dots, and they are made of evil.

Nov. 11th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oreos and Dots should be banned for the good of writing. Or at least taken away until we reach quota for the day.
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