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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Today I wrote 2755 words in four-and-a-half hours. That's good for me, a rate of 612 words per hour. Understandably, I want to imagine that I could sustain that level of performance over the course of an eight hour day. The truth, though, as I've discovered again and again, is that I usually pass the point of diminishing returns after half that many. But even if my performance were to diminish by 2/3, I'd still manage some 3500 words a day. The problem, of course, is that I rarely get more than four hours per day in which I am sufficiently rested and focused to write effectively. Still, I think it would be realistic to establish a rate of 3000 words per day as my long-term goal. Even if I were to allow two days off each week, I could make enormous headway in a month. The challenge is to find a way to avoid the sort of interactions that drain me of the self-confidence and sense of purpose I need in order to make most days as efficient as today.

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 14th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hooray for an efficient day! I hear you, though, on the difficulty of sustaining such days. I don't know if I've ever hit 3000/day. I feel pretty darn good hitting 1000-1500, even if it takes me four hours. Or all day. Good luck keeping your pace! I think the hardest part is not getting discouraged when you come upon a day with no writing time. Or a day that you really just need to spend reading/thinking. Too many of those days and it becomes hard to tell them apart from the days when you're reading/thinking to avoid writing--and hard to get the momentum back for wordflow. Sigh.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 15th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sigh is right. I hope I haven't cursed myself since posting this entry. Haven't made much headway since!
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