I am a writing machine

First off, if you’re waiting for correspondence from me, many apologies. It’s going to be another day or so before I can start going through my overflowing inbasket.

Yesterday, all I did was write, eat, and sleep. And I took most of my meals up to the library with me so I could keep working while I ate. Today, I am dazed and exhilarated, anxious and thrilled. The story in my head is on the page, zero draft complete. While I was writing it, it was more real to me than my surroundings. Library and laptop disappeared and I heard my characters speak to me, felt their emotions and desires as they lived in the world I had created for them. Yes, I know I sound as ridiculous as the worst angsty goth poet with a glass of merlot. But this is what I yearn for as a writer, what I strain and stress and struggle to achieve.

Also, I’m a little lightheaded. I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I tapped out “The End” at 2AM and woke up at 6AM to start my first editing pass.

New words: 6700 on “Beauty’s Folly” (I even came up with a title!)
This may be a new word count record for me. I made a bouncing, baby novelette in three days. Although I am somewhat terrified that mroctober is going to want to throttle me.

Editing now, since I didn’t do any while the story was coming out. There’s going to be cutting–I’ve already chopped out 500 words in my initial half-pass this morning. I had to stop when Hobkin told me in no uncertain terms that it was mealtime NOW. But I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the story’s reading. Normally at this stage, I would expect much gnashing of teeth as paragraphs and scenes went flying to the eternal void of DELETE. ‘Course I haven’t hit the 6K I did yesterday. Odds are it will start getting ugly soon.

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11 Responses to I am a writing machine

  1. sartorias says:

    Hurray for white fire ideas–and the time to do them in!

    Sigh of envy on time…I almost had time to write a graf this week, argh.

  2. nmsunbear says:

    Wow, what an exhausting and exhilirating experience. I’ve never had a story take me over like that. I hope it happens someday.

  3. mroctober says:

    ::cracks knuckles in cruel anticipating of much throttling::


  4. atomisk says:

    To quote the Walken,
    6,700 words in three days jaw dropping.
    It makes my grand a day look paltry and middling.
    Reading your post fires me up, and makes me want to get back to work.
    It’s off to write, I go!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Erm, actually that was 6700 words yesterday, and almost 12K in three days. But before you decide I must die, let me say that this has been an astoundingly good few days and my productivity average is usually much lower.

  5. safirasilv says:

    That is amazing!

    I’d be more articulate, but between the sinus infection and my overwhelming envy (because I’ve been slow of late, thanks to said sinus infection) I can’t seem to manage it.

  6. Holy productivity, batman! ‘s not the only one who might want to throttle you.

    – sent from work, where I was called in to work full-time when I was about 10,000 (max) words from finishing my novel (no, not NANOWRIMO).

  7. Good for you!!! It’s great to be in a creative mood always…go girl.

  8. allochthon says:

    Yay! That’s awesome!

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