it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

A little under 1300 on Scardown last night. The story isn't quite grabbing yet: I still have a couple of characters to develop, and Jenny is kicking and screaming that she doesn't want any more adventures. Bimbo. At least I've managed to convince myself that the stuff I was writing on that other idea was irredeemably bad, and it's leaving me alone. :-)

I'm actually pretty happy right now with my writing. After a solid year of uphill grind and feeling like there was a new skill to learn around every corner, I've hit a plateau where things are assimilating nicely, and I can almost write again without being excruciatingly conscious of every choice. It's not like it's coming out perfect on first draft--it never will--but I feel as if everything I've learned is integrating at a furious rate. It's a good place for a plateau, because I think I'm very close to writing consistently at near-pro levels.


Although my judgement could be flawed.

Please note that "pro" doesn't mean "finished" by any means--and I am not consistently writing like a pro yet. I get fits and spurts, still, but there's stilla lot of satisfaction to be had in it.

There is still so much room to learn. But I have put in a real hard push for over a year now, and I'm feeling the writing binge tapering off. My goal is to stick to at least a thousand words a day, even if they suck--which gives me plenty of room to finish two or three novels a year, and a few short stories too. Especially since I tend to write my shorts in big gulps of five thousand words at a sitting.

I may be learning to pace myself.

I may be getting the hang of this.

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