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30 March 2012 @ 02:37 pm
a personal best  

Several years ago I had a month where I thought I really hadn’t written much of anything, and, depressed, went to look at my wordcount. It turned out I had written 83K in that month, and I still don’t know how I’d concluded I’d done no work worth mentioning in that time.

I’ve just obliterated that record. I’ve done 91,000 words in 19 days. I have written a book in 19 days: I have just finished MOUNTAIN ECHOES, Book 8 of the Walker Papers. It was 10,500 words long when I sat down to start writing on the morning of March 12. Now it is 101,200 words long, and I…

…am fucking awesome, actually, thank you for asking. :)

It’s become increasingly clear to me over the years that the more detailed an outline I have the more quickly I can write a book, and noticing I had no plot in place for MOUNTAIN ECHOES did sort of make it necessary to hammer out a thorough outline. Three weeks is still massively faster than anything else I’ve ever done–I’ve done two 70K novels in 4 weeks each, previously, but this is a full-length 100K book. My attention span for a book, as my husband pointed out years ago, is about 6 weeks–after that I want to go do something else. Writing one in 3 weeks is…actually probably kind of ideal, although not practical, as it does become my total and sole focus.

Holy crap. Wow. I was aiming to have this thing done by the 5th, which would still have been Very Fast Indeed, but *damn*, sistah. 19 days. *Damn*!

Excuse me while I go pat myself on the back, okay? :)

and now holy *shit* there is only one book left in the walker papers! holy SHIT! holy SHIT holy SHIT HOLY SHIT!

(x-posted from the essential kit)

UrsulaVursulav on March 30th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Dude! You GO!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 30th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Eep! Way to go on making everyone else feel inadequate!

Seriously though, remember that different people work at different rates, and the same person at different times does so too. Congratulate yourself on this, but don't beat up on yourself the next time you manage a mere tenth of this rate, because that's still a decent wordage.
jamileigh17jamileigh17 on March 30th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Wow!! That's awesome! :-D Though I think my buddy KT has you beat. She did 90k in 9 days for a first draft. :P (Though she then spent 2 months revising it before sending it to the betas, and another 3 months listening to us and putting up with me hashing line after line before sending it to query)
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on March 30th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
But we already knew you were insane awesome. ;)

Congrats, m'darlin'. You rock us all. <3
Herefoxherefox on March 30th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Now you have more time to poke at kickstarter and get seduced by the dark side yet again! ;-)

Loved Raven Calls, by the way, I sat down only intending to read for an hour and finished it instead.
silkiemom on March 30th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Not that we're at all surprised at the awesome. We've just come to expect it of you by now. :)
Ellen Millionellenmillion on March 30th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wolf Lahti: Millie-gakwolflahti on March 30th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)

I have trouble reading a book in nineteen days.
?elsceetaria on March 30th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's amazing!!!
Mikamitsukai_aka on March 31st, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
O.O I want to be that good some day. Holy macaroni. =applauds= You are indeed amazing.