Some Write It Hot

November 4, 2010

The Writing Race by Gillian Archer

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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I compare myself to others. I’m sure this isn’t an earth shattering revelation—everyone does it after all. But I compare my progress against my other writerly friends. It’s neurotic, I know. When I could write 500 words in a day, I would read about other author’s whose minimum goal was 1,000. And I felt… lacking. Like my progress wasn’t good enough.

Now that I’m up to 1k a day, I still don’t feel like I write fast enough. I definitely have more ideas than time to write them which I’m sure is a common writer’s problem. But the other day, I heard about a few authors who wrote 25,000 words in a week. IN A WEEK! *sigh* And once again, I feel less than. I don’t think I could ever write that much in just a week.

Why do I have this overwhelming need to compare myself with others? It’s not like writing that much that fast is a guarantee for publication. And yet I keep doing it. I know I need to let it go. And I will…

after NaNoWriMo. Maybe.

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  1. Gillian, Gillian, Gillian. We all suffer the same fate. I too strive to write more than others but at the end of the day life demands I take time to do other things. I am convincing myself it’s quality not quantity that counts..there is an inappropriate joke in there somewhere but I shall refrain from making it 🙂

    Comment by Lillian Grant — November 4, 2010 @ 04:50 | Reply

    • I’ll try to restrain myself too 😉 Thanks, Lillian. Nice to know I’m not alone.

      Comment by Gillian Archer — November 4, 2010 @ 07:49 | Reply

  2. I have read of writers who have high daily/weekly word counts, most of them say they throw out huge chunks of what they have written. For me, when the muse is upon me–I write. After all, who knows when he’ll decide to fly to Tahiti on vacation? I think 7000 words in one day (and I mean ALL day) has been my highest total. I try to write so I don’t have to cut, quality over quantity. Well, NaNo may be different, but I am trying. My point is, it isn’t fair to judge yourself by others. You can’t see if they are wearing Depends and have a caffeine drip in their vein. Just keep writing! 🙂

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — November 4, 2010 @ 04:59 | Reply

    • I need to calm down, I know. I’m not them and they’re not me. I might be picturing those girls in Depends anytime I see them bragging in the future. 😉

      Comment by Gillian Archer — November 4, 2010 @ 07:56 | Reply

  3. I’m a slow writer. I’d be faster if I didn’t keep writing myself into corners all the time. No matter how much I outline, my characters refuse to follow it. 90% of my writing time is spent trying to tempt them back on track.

    Comment by Ash Penn — November 4, 2010 @ 07:28 | Reply

    • Mine wander into dark corners sometimes too. Usually to do naughty things tho 🙂

      Comment by Gillian Archer — November 4, 2010 @ 08:00 | Reply

  4. Girl, I am going to smack you. Quit comparing yourself to other people.Write the story that’s in you and take the time you need to tell it. Do what works for you because at the end of the day you gotta live with yourself and if you stress too much and go all neurotic, you won’t want to. LOL Plus if you let yourself get all stressed then you won’t enjoy what you are doing to the same degree and that’s hugely important.

    For me the question isn’t how much I have written in a day but how much of my writing time did I spend productively. If I only manage to write 600 words in a day but I finally got that scene written that I have been struggling with for weeks it feels incredibly productive. On the other hand if I only got 600 words done and I spent most of my allotted writing time looking at shoes on Zappos well that’s a whole other ballgame. LOL

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — November 4, 2010 @ 10:24 | Reply

    • Neurotic? Who me?? lol I think that’s a great attitude, Lauren. Look at it as time spent on writing rather than x words per day/hour/minute. I think I’m gonna steal that 🙂

      Comment by Gillian Archer — November 4, 2010 @ 16:11 | Reply

  5. LOL! Welcome to the world of writing. Each one of us is unique. We each do what is confortable for how we write. Sometimes I can write tons while other (no, don’t even mention this nano right now) times, I’m slow like molassas. As time goes by and you’re more at ease with your writing habits, you’ll see that how you do it is just right for you, not me or anyone else.

    Comment by Jadette — November 4, 2010 @ 19:24 | Reply

    • So the writing world is full of neurotic messes? I’m not alone? lol Thanks, Jadette. Sometimes I just need the reminder that I’m not the only crazy author out there, I guess.

      Comment by Gillian Archer — November 5, 2010 @ 05:03 | Reply

  6. I think we all compare and feel badly when someone does it better, faster, more… But each time you compare yourself to another, turn around and you’ll discover there’s just as many on the other side of you. The ones who take years to write a book–or don’t finish one at all. Or, like me, can finish one moderately quickly but take forever to revise the mess of a first draft. LOL

    Comment by Cherise Sinclair — November 5, 2010 @ 18:13 | Reply

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