Thursday Feels Like Tuesday

I think it’s because the kiddies went back to school yesterday, but my weekdays are off this week. 

BTW, I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I’m sort of doing my own version of the NaNo.  The JaNo, you could say. 


So yesterday, I wanted to total around 2500 words and it was a good day.  I sailed past my goal to 4250 words.   I basically wrote a short chapter but it’s a good one.  Not all of it, but that’s what rewrites are for, yes?

I did notice that around halfway through, I reached a level of restlessness that had me exploding up off the chair to walk around the house a few times.  Even went up and down the stairs.  That is the most frustrating part of a good writing days.  The prose is flowing, the mind is zapping and your body is yelling at you to move around!  Oh, and that urge to snack.  What’s up with that? 

(Anyone have low fat yummy snacks to recommend?  I used to smoke while I wrote and it’s amazing how that keeps your mouth and fingers occupied.  Oh, and there’s that keeps you skinny factor…  But, I wouldn’t smoke in my house or around my kids, so I was always in a garage or outside.  Eh. Pretty sure I don’t want to pick that habit up again. 🙂  )

S. William Shaw brought up a writer who can do a turnout of 10k a day.  That’s around 40 pages.  In a day!  Consistently.  Basically 10 days to write a standard 100,000 word book. It sparked an interesting conversation in the comment section of his blog where writers are discussing their output in realistic terms. 

For me, realistic (on average) is around 10 pages which is 2500k.  Now, I’m not always in the right frame of mind for this output, but I do try.  Yesterday, I did seventeen and I noticed a distinct burnout happening in my thought processes last night.  I was emailing back and forth with my cps and had trouble remembering basic grammar at times. 

It’s hard to imagine systematically turning out 40 pages a day. 

But… you can.  We can train our minds until this is a standard thing.  Right now, I’m out of practice so I burned out after 17, but in the past while I didn’t do 40, I could sail through around 25 pages a day– no problem.  The most I’ve ever turned out in a day was 37 pages, but that was a cram session.  What’s your record count day?

I wouldn’t mind training my mind to clear 40k a day.  Think about how many books we could put out!!  But think about quality as well.  That’s the ticket. 

Honestly, I’d be happy to train the brain to do half.  20 pages a day– roughly a chapter a day and that roughdraft would be out within a month.  But, at that rate, I imagine the polishing process would be a little more intense and much longer. <g>

I tend to be somewhat obsessive compulsive when I really get into a book.   I just want to write it until it’s done and get frustrated on those days my output isn’t strong.  I’m teaching myself to approach this in a more realistic and RELAXING fashion.  After all, the other way sure didn’t work.  <g>

So, I’m off to the treadmill and then to make my 2500 word count goal for today!


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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7 Responses to Thursday Feels Like Tuesday

  1. xdell says:

    I remember somewhere reading that Harper Lee averaged about five hundred words, per day. That doesn’t sound like much, but it averages to two books a year.

    But that’s a mean average.

    If you can write over 4000 words in a single day, and you like the vast majority of them, then I say you’re tearing up the joint. Me, I’m happy to muddle through fifteen hundred at a time.

  2. Betty S says:

    My week has been off, too. This feels like Wednesday, not Friday.

  3. SciFiChick says:

    Light popcorn is a good snack! Light on the butter and salt.
    Though, I prefer heavy on both…

  4. Congrats on 4250. That is awesome. My personal best is about a thousand under that. And the urge to snack? I always have that when I am alone in the house.

  5. Jen says:

    I don’t know what my record day is. I’m currently aiming for 1000 a day, though. Haven’t reached it yet, but it does have me writing more. 🙂

    It’s funny you mention snacking with writing here. In another place, we’ve been talking about that exact same thing. My personal favorites are popcorn or pretzels, depending on what’s handy.

  6. Word Doctor says:


    Congrats on the quitting-smoking deal. Nasty habit. Not to mention it’s horrible for your computer! Drink whiskey instead.

    I hear ya concerning the writing. It’s a love/hate thing for me. What pisses me off is that when I sit down to write, I can’t turn the editor portion of my brain off. What that means is that I write a paragraph or two, and then find myself reading and correcting the stuff. Talk about losin’ the flow!

    Well, best of luck with your writing, and keep it going. I look forward to reading it when you are done.

    Take care.

  7. RElliott4 says:

    No whiskey for me– I’m a wine drinker! I even make my own, something I haven’t done in months. Last year, I made a lovely Pinot, several different Rieslings and a crisp Chardonnay.

    I have the same problem with the editor portion of my brain. I’ve been training myself to turn it off and just write. A lot of what comes out is crap, but there is usually a gem or two in the mess.

    X, I would be happy to average 500 words a day if I could only write like Harper Lee. TKAM is still my all-time favorite book.

    I love popcorn. And pretzels. I really love kettle corn–sweet and salty at the same time.

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