Yesterday’s writing progress

I managed 3,200 words spread over about 5 hours yesterday. That is the kind of progress I’ve been targeting for a while now. I worked it so that I got all of my social networking and other tasks done early in the day, and then spent the late morning and most of the afternoon writing, with a few breaks built in.

I’ve been stressing about this story for a variety of reasons, but yesterday I stopped stressing about it. It will either be good enough to be published or it won’t. Either way, I gain more experience and I get to have fun doing something I love doing. Once I stopped stressing about it, and I had a blast.

I’m trying something that generally works for me when I need to solve a software development problem at the day job. I tell myself that I am not going to get up from the desk until I have it worked out and then I work and work and work until I do. That was kind of my approach with the story yesterday. I’m also doing a brute force effort, writing a scene and if I don’t like it, completely rewriting it in a different way until I find the voice and tone I’m looking for. At this point, I don’t much care that I’m writing a lot more than I will keep. I’m having fun.

And I’m about to jump back into it! I wonder if I can top 3,200 words today?

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.