Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Sweet Spot

Every now and then when I'm writing, I have this amazing sense of falling into my story and the words just flow like water.  When that happens, I can sometimes write 5K in an afternoon.

Yesterday I had one of those days.  And it has been a long time since that happened for me.  I'd started to think I'd written all the easy stuff I was ever going to write, that no project was good enough to consume me to that level.  So I let myself fall.

Unfortunately most of the time, writing each word is more like a battle.  Some days I struggle to write 1K in an evening.  Other days I do manage to hit my 1500 word daily goal, but wind up erasing most of it when I go back to read over what I wrote.

Recently, writing anything at all has been hard.  I'm out of the habit and I blame publishing for it.  Before I was published, I wrote on a schedule and kept to my daily word-count as best I could.  Then edits and re-edits and line-edits happened, and all of a sudden all my writing time was taken up by that. And trying to figure out how to publicize my book.

Now the book is out and there isn't a whole lot more I can do for it, I'm back to writing.  But writing is hard!

But on days like yesterday, I remember why I love doing it so much.  And I wrote over 3K in just over 2 hours.

Do you find writing easy or hard?  Any tricks to finding that sweet spot?


  1. I find those flowing days hard to come by too, although they used to be plentiful. I generally find the better mood I'm in and the less frazzled the more likely I can get into it. Music helps. Interruptions don't.

    Moody Writing

  2. It's been a long time since I've done 5K in one session, but I had a few 3K days last month. It was awesome to be so totally consumed by the story. I have no idea how I can make that writing zone come easier. Some days everything seems to distract me. Others, nothing could pull me from the keyboard.

  3. That's amazing! I've never been able to do that. Yesterday it took me abut 12 hours to write 2000 words and I was really proud of myself! Today I got 1400, but now hubs is home... Go you! I'm so happy Taillights has inspired you again! Tony's a fabulous character. <3

  4. Best. Feeling. Ever.

    I can't FORCE this, as much as I wish I could. The best way for me to really burn through WC is to get up a LOT. I'll write for 30 min or so, or through ONE scene. I'll sort of get the next in my head and then do some kind of chore around the house that doesn't take much brain power. by the time I'm done with that (or halfway through) I'm ready to jump in and write like crazy again. I find I get the most house-cleaning and writing done, when I'm working on something new to the exclusion of everything else :-D Great post.