Broke a one month long writer’s block today with the completion of the first draft of a 6500-word urban fantasy/horror short story. Hurray!
*high-five from far away*
Woo-hoo! *high-five smack back*
I so look forward to telling I knew her when… stories about the early portion of your writing career.
Possible omen: I met Remy Zero through a friend of a friend back in the day when they were playing in bars…and look at them now!
“Don’t worry dahling, I shan’t forget the little people . . . ” 🙂
Oo! Maybe you’re like a fame charm and if I rub my manuscripts on your arm before I send them to the editors or, wait, better yet, I can lop off one of your feet and stick it on a key chain!
Um, going to work on the rewrite now . . . .
Cool! Do you do a lot of rewriting and stuff? Do you write fast and clean up later, or slow, or in spurts, or what? When I’m actually finding time to do it, I tend to write about 3 to 500 words a day. It’s horribly frustrating, but it does add up after a while. A consistent 2500 words a week got my novel finished in time to turn in for my undergraduate thesis, and I don’t tend to do much revision. Trying to revise drives me crazy; maybe that’s why I spend so much time trying to get it right on the first go. Not that I shouldn’t work on expanding my library of techniques…
I hear Vonnegut says all writers are either like him, slow and little or no revision, or the other kind, who write fast and chop out all the fluff later. And I think I heard Tom Robbins agonizes over single sentences for days, but never goes back to make changes once he’s got it the way he wants it.
Hey, Dr. Pipe,
I’m the write-fast-and-re-write-until-my-fingers-cramp-up sort of writer. I’ve done 3000 words a day, although that’s a really good day for me. I average more along 1500 or so on normally productive days. I also re-write as I go. I often get back into the swing of a story by limbering up with a re-write/edit of the stuff I’ve managed to get down so far. Overall, I find re-writing way easier than creating new material. I’ve even done final edits while watching television.
All of my stories go through three distinct stages.
Stage 1: First draft. Story complete from start to finish. Has already undergone many impromptu self edits. Ready for my first reader. I have an excellent first reader, btw. I trust his opinion more than anyone else’s, except for my own, of course.
Stage 2: Second draft. Revise, edit, re-write based upon my first reader’s comments and suggestions. Ready for writers group(s) input. Most of my stories are close to their final format at this stage.
Stage 3: Final draft. Minimal revision, edits, and re-writing from critiques. Done. Ready to hit the markets.
I wish I could be as prolific as Ray Bradbury. He writes the equivalent of a short story a week. We tried doing that in one of my writers groups, but it quickly fell to one every other week. And that’s gotten a bit irregular. Sigh.
Story a week? God. I’ve been working on The Horror for like two months now, and its probably only about 2/3 done. I’m determined, though; I have a tendancy to move on to other projects before finishing the one I’m engaged in, thinking I’ll finish later. Usually doesn’t happen.
Ray Bradbury has been that prolific all his life and still is (last I heard). Quite an amazing man.
Nice! I know how it is to totally be out of it and suddenly get back in the zone.
Feels awesome 🙂 Way to go hon.
Thanks! Now if I can only keep it rolling . . . .
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