Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Progression. It Tastes Good.

I’ve written 1,400 words today. Written, not revised. Added two scenes to the start of a chapter, then played musical chairs with a few others. (Don’t know if it worked—have to read through them all still.) But that word count is really good, for me. While my friends pull in 4k a day, my required word count for drafts is 500. So an eighth that. Which is pathetic. But as long as I get the work done and the books finished, all is well.

I think revising is easier than drafting. I think most people disagree with me. What’s your opinion?

Also, my new glasses rock.

Excerpt of the day:

Vi Lar selected a scapel from the prepared tools and held it to his shoulder. After a moment of study, he pierced the sharp point into his skin, grunting deep in his throat from the pain. He moved quickly, cutting towards his collar, then down towards his breast. Blood flowed freely from the wound, staining his dark skin. His eyes watered as he forced the scapel up and over, slicing a diamond-shaped section of skin the size of his palm.
CSH, chapter 17


  1. I think editing is harder for me, mainly because the excitement for the story is not as prevalent. The rough draft is new and fascinating, while the revision draft is a return to something I've worked on for hundreds of hours already. Obviously both are important and I don't hate editing (sometimes it can be quite cool to figure out better ways of doing things for a story), but it's easier to put my whole heart into a rough draft. (For me, anyways.)

  2. Well, your friends aren't responsible for the quality of your quantity. I won't say it's not a race: quality quantity will always win, but as long as you've written a quality sentence a day that advances the overall plot, you can wear your writer glasses in pride.

  3. You eat progression?

    I like revising better than drafting, but I hate all editing in general, so my opinion might not be valid.

    I usually manage to churn stuff out (prose-wise) that is decent enough it only needs an edit. My problem is I discovery write minor plot points that end up being complete trash, so I have to rewrite it. And I really don't want to (usually there's good bits in that awful section, which makes nuking it hard).

    Ah, whatevs.

    As for word count, David above me is pretty much right; so long as you have a goal and keep it, then you are doing your duty. I know lots of part-time authors only write about 500-1000 words a day (John Brown, Larry Correia), so it all works. We can't all be Brandon Sanderson who write like 20k a day. :P