Hey novel-writers. I’m curious about something.
I was reading Eugie Foster’s LJ where she’s posting her novel wordcounts. She’s got daily counts like 150 and 800. Go Eugie!
But I’m wondering — is there anyone else who tends to write “all or nothing”? I rarely add 150 words in a day. It’s 0 or 1,000+. Sometimes as high as 4,000+. But there’s a whole ton of 0 days to even that out, so my progress isn’t much faster than average.
My pattern seems to be this: sit there, fume and rage, hate everything about the novel, stare at the clock, panic and say “holy crap I have to type SOMETHING,” then (at the end of my allotted time) pour out tons of words. And then I could keep typing for a long time, but I’ve got to stop for something else. And some days I just never break out of that first part.
Not exactly healthy, but it’s what I do. Wish I could convince myself to start typing as soon as I sit down… but somehow, that “silent” period seems necessary. Maybe I’m working it out subconsciously.
I think it’s the hallmark of perfectionism, which I’ve struggled with my whole life. (And not the good kind of perfectionism, which you cite as your worst quality in job interviews. I mean the life-ruining, mental-health-destroying kind.)
Anyone else do this?
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Yes, I have occasionally added as little as 50 words in a day. Mostly that’s because I start writing at 10:30 PM and don’t have the energy for much more.
I think it’s fine when people do that. I just don’t do it myself.