A “write-good” day of writing for me

Today began with me writing all 2,100 words of the second chapter of my NaNoWriMo novel this morning, and I was done by 7am and felt accomplished.  If that was all I managed to write today, it was a success, especially since I surpassed my daily goal of 2,000 words for the second day in a row.  Any day I write 2,100 words is a good day.

But then I surprised myself.  I have three short pieces in various states of completion, but I don’t want to work on them in the mornings because I’m focused on not only winning NaNoWriMo but writing a complete draft of a novel. But I don’t want to give up the short pieces entirely.  So this evening, after spending about 30 minutes reading a technical paper on black holes that serves a research for the novel, I decided to pull up one of the shorts and do some work on it. This one is another science fiction mystery, and I have very good feelings about the overall story.  So I pulled up what I’d written in Scrivener 2.0, read over what I’d written so far and then began to add to it.  I took a break to give Zach a bath, play with him for a while and put him to bed, and then I continued writing for another hour or so.  When I was finished, I’d added another 1,600 words to the story and I am very pleased with how it is progressing.

So in addition to 9 hours at the day job, voting after work, and playing with the baby, I managed to write a total of 3,700 words today.  Of course, I ‘m heading to bed momentarily and I’ll be back at the novel in 7 hours.  But you know what? Being able to work on something other than the novel this evening was a bit freeing and allowed my mind to wander and do things in short story form that I just can’t do in the novel.  It was a nice change of pace.  I’m looking forward to switching back to the novel in the morning.  Tomorrow evening the Arlington Writers Group has a NaNoWriMo writing session so if I make my quota in the morning, I may spend that session working on the short story.

Good writing day, though.  I’m very pleased.

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.