Thursday, 19 June 2014

It's...Something.

This post, like a surprisingly large amount of my posts, owes a lot to Fang.Because, you know, he's cool and such. One thing that he does is write his story Caves. Which you should all go check out because it's pretty awesome.

Awesome
Awesome (Photo credit: leg0fenris)

One thing about Caves is that the updates aren't really long. Back when I was posting Immortal Space updates here I would make each update about 1500 words long. That's how much I aim to write when I sit down and start writing. That's...actually a bad thing.

Doing that has only worked for me once. I was writing about 6000 words a week. Over the course of a few months I wrote a 180,000 word story. That was way too much. But I had people who were depending on me and who really loved the story, so I did my absolute best to get stuff out in time. I had a lot of fun doing things like that but it was mentally draining. I couldn't keep it up and I can't really try to do it again.


English: A 20-year-old cat that looks tired be...
You don't realise how tiring writing is until you try it.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the reasons that Immortal Space progress is as slow as it is is that I try so hard to write a lot in one go. I still try to write at least 1500 words, or three pages, per update. I shouldn't. I should just try and write what I can. It's much less of a mental drain and it feels good to write. If I don't think I can write as much as I want to, then I won't write. That is stupid because then nothing gets done.

To that end I wrote some Immortal Space on Tuesday. I stopped writing halfway through a conversation because my head hurt and I couldn't write any more, but I still wrote something. That's a very good thing.

Ever put something off because you didn't think you could do it in one big go?
English: So many words to keep track of!.
I imagine this took several writing sessions to complete. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4 comments:

  1. That plug, thanks!
    >the updates aren't really long
    B-b-but sometimes they are! Nah, it's usually just a combination of "I have no idea what to make happen next" and "if I continue this'll be a huge part unless I cut it at an awkward point". Not to mention the "I took way too long to write this and it's already pretty late".

    But yeah, as you said, longer and heavier runs (not just with writing, but whatever, really) can be exhausting, sometimes even demotivating. As long as you make incremental progress, it's all good!

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  2. True. We all have our own methods. Little bits at a time would appeal to me, as I hardly ever crank out 1500 words at a time, but I should. Keep kicking tail, man!

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  3. I use to have grandiose plans of what I wanted to get accomplished in a day... if it looked like I was going to fall short, I'd just give up, and pledge to do better the next day. Now when I have a bad day, I try not to get too depressed about it. Being down in the dumps just makes it even harder to achieve any of your goals.

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  4. first...boba fett rocks!

    and jumped over and read fangs last piece...pretty cool

    and third, great you are writing IS again...take it at your pace and let the story progress as it will...i will look forward to reading more when you have it...

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