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Day 16: 854 Words Slogged Out

May 11th, 2015 by Steve

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Today was a slog. Apparently that’s the way it goes in first draft land, and I’ve resigned myself to this fact.

I read somewhere about an author who slogged away at one book for years, going back and re-working the first part of the book a million times when he had no clue how to finish it. Apparently it wasn’t until he forced himself to finally get through to the end that he realized what shape the story really needed to be in, and that helped the second draft go much quicker.

I tried looking up the reference. Couldn’t find it, you’ll just have to trust me.

The lesson for today is: sometimes you’re tired, and you don’t know what you’re going to write, and you don’t know where it should go. Sit your butt down anyway, think through your fingers (to paraphrase Asimov) and just see what happens. It’s a first draft. If it doesn’t work out, no one needs to know.

Today’s stats:

Daily total: 854
Accumulated total: 11,536
Average daily word count: 721
Progress toward target: 12.67692307692308%

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