I blogged at the beginning of the week about writing for 4 days straight, as my full-time job, and “seeing what we see.” To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Writers’ Block? Distracted by games? Forced to barricade the windows to prepare for the zombie apocalypse?
When my wife read that blog post and she said something insightful – I’ll paraphrase. She said I shouldn’t try to estimate what I could do based upon what full-time writers produce. Since writing is their job, they were essentially running a marathon. They had the luxury of pacing themselves, because they knew they had time to finish – many more days at the typewriter to get stuff done.
And I am in a different position. Starting in less that 12 hours, I go back to the job that pays the bills. I’m not running a marathon when I write – there is no pace car. Instead, I’m running a sprint. I had 4 days to meet my goal and then writing time becomes uncertain and staggered.
A sprint. I liked her analogy. If you are like me, and writing isn’t your full-time job (but it’s your full-time passion), you may find yourself in a sprinting position from time to time. And you may ask yourself: Can I sprint? How many words is “too many,” as I hear some writers warn? What if block hits me?
Well, I tried my best to push fear of block or other distractions from my mind. I just sat at my laptop and wrote. And wrote. And then wrote some more. Knowing I was in a sprinting mode helped a ton and I was able to produce. Here’s the results:
Day1: ~9,500 words
Day2: ~7,000 words
Day3: ~6,000 words
Day4: ~10,000 words + a finished draft 1
To be honest, once I started with the end, it was like spotting that finish line. I always get a burst at the end, and I spent about 10 hours writing today. Tired but happy! Babylon is certainly on the way now! One more edit, then the wife gets it… she’ll filter out some garbage before the 2nd circle tears it to shreds. A few edits later, it’ll be with my editor and out the door! I was hoping to get it out before the holidays, as everyone likes to buy books on their new kindles in Jan/Feb. Not sure that’s possible, but we’ll see what we can do.