Recent writing

For the last three days, I have been getting up early and writing, much like I did back in November for NaNoWriMo.  It has been working well for me.  I have averaged about 1,800 words each day, I spend a total of about 2 hours at the keyboard, and then I’m done for the day.  For me, this seems to be the best possible way to find the time to write and leave the rest of the day for work and the evenings for family time.  It is far better than how I was doing for most of February, where I wrote almost nothing.

The new story that I’m working on (no title yet) currently stands at about 8,600 words (nearly 6,000 of which have been written since Saturday) and I think I have around 3,000 words to go, putting the story at around 11,000 words.  I’m hoping to finish the first draft around Wednesday.  It’s a science fiction adventure story with what I hope is an increasingly rapid pace, a race against a critical deadline with life-altering consequences.  How’s that for vague?

This morning, after writing one scene, I skipped ahead toward the end and wrote a pivotal scene:  one that I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time (this story has been on my list for a few years), and it was a lot of fun to get to do that.  It is a very moving scene in my opinion, and one that can be difficult to write, but those challenging scenes are often the most rewarding.  It’s not perfect and needs work, but I’ve been very happy with what I have been producing the last 3 days.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.