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Thursday, July 7th, 2011 12:49 am
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Ok, so apparently another thing I'm going to do here is talk about writing.

Tonight I managed to beat my per-session word goal by 591 words (for a grand total of 1,591). That may not sound all that impressive, especially when you consider the fact that I only sit down to write once or twice a week most of the time, but it's a big thing for me for a few reasons. For one thing, this session got off to a dreadful start--I think I wrote one whole sentence in the first hour and that was it. I had the place where I had stopped, and I had a moment I needed to get to… and I could not bridge that gap. The ideas just weren't coming. By the time I hit the end of the second hour (or maybe it was the third--did I mention that it was awfully slow going there for a while?) I had resigned myself to making half of my desired word count. I was at about 450 words, and I decided that if I could just make it to 500, I would be satisfied for the night. Somewhere around 491, the creative part of my brain finally kicked in and things started picking up, thank god. For another thing, I haven't done much creative writing at all in the last year or so, and even when I was writing more regularly, I was abysmal at finishing things. This is the first time I've really sat down and determined to finish a project, even if I'm not totally pleased with it, and I'm actually doing it! Lastly, this most recent chapter that I finished tonight may be the longest I've written yet, coming in at a bit over 2300 words. For me, that's practically an epic. I'm much more likely to bang off a little 300 word vignette than I am a multi-chaptered anything, so writing chapters 8 times that long (that actually need to be that long, not chapters full of useless junk) is a major accomplishment.

So, there's that. I'll be posting the story here when it's complete.

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