Slaying Tuesday’s Blocks
[Hands on Keyboard: May 29, 2012]
Remember how a month ago I couldn’t do anything but whine about how pathetic it was that Chrysalis was kicking my butt? You probably blocked it out because whiny Gwynne was whiny.
15,356. That’s my word count this week. Excuse me while I take a moment to bask in my awesomeness. Okay, maybe two moments.
Writer’s Block Slain.
Ahem. I don’t think next week will have as high of a death body word count, not because this week was a fluke, but because I exercised a great deal of control over my social life and three day weekend. This week I’m testing for my next stripe in Kung Fu, so I’ll be practicing more and sharing my focus with things other than Chrysalis. Unlike this past weekend where I wrote for seven to eight hours a day.
By the way, those are all new words. Back when I was still a little naive about the writing process, I listened to Brandon Sanderson talk about the twelve novels he wrote before he got published. Once, I heard him break it down and basically say he wrote Mistborn three times and counted it as three different books. I’ll admit I was a bit dismissive when I heard that. I didn’t think you should count each draft separately because I couldn’t imagine the work needed to rewrite a book three times.
The more I work on Chrysalis, the clearer it is that I’m writing a completely different book. Each time I write new material (and 95% of what I write is new), I take a bite out of some humble pie and silently apologize to Brandon Sanderson for doubting his twelve books. Editing a draft is not the same as rewriting a draft.
Right now I’m at 37,000 words and currently am on track to finish this draft at 75,000 words before I go back and add another 10,000 words of description. This is close to the halfway mark and leaves me with 38,000 words to write before June 30. That’s around 1200 words a day. I was worried that it wasn’t doable because it was crazy to think I could write a book in two months.
But HoKers, I can totally do it. I’ve slain my writer’s block. This week I encourage you to look at your successes and bask in them.