Slow and Steady


Sometimes, you have to force yourself to take a break.  My legs are numb and I can no longer feel my butt.  <g>

I came into my office at nine this morning, planning to work straight through until four-thirty.  I’ve been munching on baby carrots and drinking bottled water and I swear, I had to pry every single one of the 3500 words I wrote today out with sharp forks. 

This was probably silly, but I’d hoped to double that word count today.  I did it last week after all.   But days where you hit that fly zone and blow out more than two chapters are rare.  Uh, probably for a reason since I’m usually burned out the next day. heh heh

But I was distracted yesterday.  Had family things happening, met my new little three week old nephew who is so freaking precious!

Then I had this kick-ass plotting conversation with Rachel which not only helped her out, but gave me a few good ideas in the process–so that was most definitely worth it.  

There were other things, but man, I don’t want to bore you all to death.  In short, no writing yesterday, so now I’m behind.

I thought to make up yesterday today, but here it is three o’clock and I’m dying here.  I need to get up and move around.  There is enough laundry piled up out there to smother several adults and well, my brain is shorting out. I’m sure I’m misspelling something here.

In the future, I won’t give myself such short deadlines.  Now that I know I can comfortably spit out around 3000 words a day, I should be able to work in a nice, steady fashion on these first drafts.  

And since I already brought her up, I’m going to thank Rachel for inspiring me to give this “write the first draft really rough and keep it steady” approach.  

Hey Vincent, it really does work.


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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5 Responses to Slow and Steady

  1. I’m taking a break, too… my bro just got married over the weekend, so no writing there, and the weather has just been too nice not to get a couple of bike rides in the last 2 days after work.

    I’m off to go read before sleep time, so no writing tonight. “The Privilege of the Sword” by Ellen Kushner is my current read.

  2. Am I the only one who will stop traffic to make sure a turtle can cross the road?

    You are making great progress, Rinda. 🙂

  3. Jill Monroe says:

    Take your break and enjoy! Sorry the words haven’t been flowing so well, but I really like the steady rough draft, too! Great ideas Rachel.

  4. Jen says:

    The really rough draft thing is working pretty well for me, too. I wish I could do major marathon days but that hasn’t happened yet. I do pretty good, though. Sounds like you’re making great progress. IMO, any progress is good progress. 🙂

  5. relliott4 says:

    Heather, I park down the street, go back and move the turtle.

    I’m not complaining all–3500 words is a good daily count, over my goal, in fact. I wouldn’t normally push this hard but I have that deadline. My next book–which I’m already outlining–will be less stressful. I’ll hit the 3000 a day and stop.

    Jen, I agree. Any progress is good.

    Scott, you’ll have to share about that book. Yesterday, it was over 70 degrees. My family is talking about pulling out our bikes.

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