Thursday, March 21, 2013

Writing Ten Pages

I read Stephen King stays at his desk until he writes at least ten pages.
Sounds easy, right?

Sometimes, I guess it is. Today, not so much. I've never had such a hard time squeezing out ten pages. I kept starting to stand up and then dropping back into the chair, remembering I promised myself ten pages today.

I'm drawn to this vampire story for some reason. Its a little outside my usual writing, but its like exploring a new land. I want to see where its going to go. The ten pages today were torture. I finished about 3 o'clock. Not too bad overall but the writing was hard. I counted every minute, every word, every page.

Then I finished editing the first 100 pages of another book. Tonight I'll print out another 100 pages and edit that between other working on other stuff.

I decided to start setting goals from reading Zoe Winters' site. She does word count each day and she's fairly prolific.

Do you set writing goals? What are they? Do they

That's Hemingway's cat cemetery. -->
He really did love his kitties.


Charles Gramlich said...

I doubt I've made ten pages in a day more than 3 or 4 times in my life.

Tobi Summers said...

I did a word count goal for awhile, but I found it restricting, since it only accounts for time actually spent writing (not plotting, outlining, or editing). So I switched to a time goal. I spend 45 minutes a day working on some writing task. If that means I spend 45 minutes staring at the blinking cursor on the screen, so be it, but that doesn't usually happen. The only restriction is that I can't spend that time on Facebook or the internet (unless it's actual research) or anything else. I've only been doing it for a month, but it's working pretty well so far.

Aimless Writer said...

I'm tried doing the time thing, but I'm finding page/word count more productive for me. It kind of ties me to the desk and I get more done.
When I did time I think I spent more time day dreaming. lol