Another good writing day

It’s 11 pm and I’ve had exactly 3.5 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours or so.  But I’ve had a productive couple of days on the writing front. As I mentioned earlier this morning, I knocked out 2,500 words on NaNoWriMo day 3, putting my 3-day total over 7,200 words.  This evening, at the Arlington Writers Group, we had a “free-writing” night so that people could work on their NaNoWriMo pieces together.  I opted to work on the short science fiction mystery I’ve been tackling, since I’m already ahead of the curve on NaNo.  During our 2-hour meeting, I managed another 2,200 words on the story, bringing it to 4,900 words. In fact, I stopped writing on the line that was the absolute climax of the story, and I imagine I’ll finish the first draft before the weekend.  I expect the story to come in between 5-6,000 words.  4,700 words in one day is very, very good for me.  And I really think this short piece is a winner.

After the group tonight, a bunch of us headed over to the Silver Diner in Arlington and sat around a bunch of tables, talking shop.  It was a lot of fun. I didn’t get home until almost 11 pm, and I have to be up at 5 am for NaNo, but it was worth it.

Published by 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 Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.