Writing Progress: Week Ending September 3, 2011

It was another unspectacular week on the writing front:

Story of G:

  • New Draft Wordcount: 392 net new words 
  • Other Notes Wordcount: 0 words

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words

Grand Total: 392 words

It was a tough week, time-wise.  I lost a whole writing day to the day job.  That happens, sometimes.  You’ve got a big project, and it’s due before you leave, and people are depending on you.  And sometimes you don’t find out it’s due today until you get in that morning and see it in your e-mail.  I love my job right now, but love it or not, late days can be emotionally and mentally exhausting.  It’s a good exhaustion – one of knowing you’ve done something important – but it’s hard to sit down and write when that happens.  And if it’s late enough, you don’t really have time anyway – there’s just enough to eat a late dinner and go to bed.  And there was also a bit of the more usual personal time with family and Dear Wife.  If I’m going to lose free time to work, it comes out of writing time first, not family time – and in fact sometimes when that happens you have to redouble your family time (which means even less writing time) because that’s how you recuperate.

This week I didn’t work at all on “The Book of M”: I focused exclusively on “Story of G”. Editing, as it turns out, is slower than writing.  When you’re writing you’re not going back and double-checking when you’ve written or making sure it makes sense.  You’re not worried about “word echoes” or the quality of the prose.  You’re worried about the story and about the characters and about getting the feel right.  All that comes out in the writing.  But when you’re editing, you’re at a different level.  Continue reading