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This is kind of different

I knew I'd need some down time once the fun and excitement of [personal profile] kis and Mr Kis's visit was over, so I booked an extra week of vacation--five completely blank days on my calendar.

After a couple of nights of super-excessive sleeping and a couple of days of restorative do-nothing puttering-about-the-house, a strange thing happened: I started writing and couldn't stop.

People who write fast and fluently will probably not think much of this: to my writingest friends, a free day equals a day of actual writing, as far as I can tell--I can't think how else they get so much written. To me it usually equals a day of hair-pulling. I start, I stop, I check my email, I struggle over a sentence or a plot point till I can't struggle no more, then I take a break, and repeat the process, and that's why Restraint will be two years old in October.

But yesterday! Wow. I sat down at 11:00 a.m. and basically stood up at 11:00 p.m., and the only thing I can remember doing all day is writing. I finished chapter 38 and sent it off to my still-traveling beta, and without a pause, I opened a new document and started chapter 39.

I wish I could bottle whatever it was that made that happen.

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Sep. 16th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
If you could bottle it, I'd certainly buy!

It takes me FOREVER to write and I feel like the crappiest when other (blessed souls) say "yeah, knocked this up before tea..."

Every line, every word, is work to me so I am inspired that one day maybe the idea/writing bugs will fall into synch and all will be blissful and writery!
Sep. 16th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I knew, intellectually, that I could NOT be alone in this affliction, but I really appreciate the confirmation!

It would be great to say that anyone who thinks writing is easy is doing it wrong, but I've seen some very good work knocked up before tea. I've also known people who could eat the world and stay slim, but hey, my lot in life is different, I guess. :D

Still, I believe that it's possible to streamline my process a little. I never expect it to be effortless, but there must be, like, methods and tricks to make it a little less painfully slow!
Sep. 16th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ohmygoodness yes - those people who can eat big and stay small - grrrr!

I'm just so jealous :D of effortlessness, I think its not overstating the case to say that I would love to find something I am good at that is effortless but so far no luck!

On the other hand, Dylan Thomas complained that every word of Under Milkwood was painfully, thoroughly worked on, replaced, re-written and re-considered over a long period of time. I take comfort in Dylan fairly frequently.

I do think with practice one's own "process" (get me)is streamlined and part of it is recognising that other writers don't necessarily dream of perfect characters and stories but build them up from this and that, layer by layer, somehow. Once I understood that it was ok to do that and that that was the only way I could do it, life became a little easier, even if the writing didn't.

Man, one of these days I'm actually going to publish something over 10k words! As I say, takes me forever.

Restraint is masterful, deeply satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable, two years in the making or not. Not many people are capable of such a feat, so relish your achievement - you've earned it!
Sep. 16th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I read somewhere that Flaubert was the same way with Madame Bovary, and while I can't say I take much comfort from Flaubert, it's good to know that some of the greats wrote the same painstaking way I write. Heck, Dickens basically killed himself with it, right?

Your icon looks incredibly like John and Tristan--I mean, Jared and Jensen. *guh*
Sep. 16th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you like the icon!

I'd heard that about Flaubert but Mme Bovary (like Anna Karenina) just doesn't light my fire and as much as I've tried to love it, its just not there for me. I know that was not the point you were making but it is great to get a chance to talk about writing and books and I can get carried away!

Lol - I'll leave you in peace now and continue to mutter to myself quietly! x
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good writing period!
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Me too! It feels good to make writing progress: to sit down, write, and actually have some material at the end of the day. Lots of times I just have deletions and bleary eyes.
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I wish you could bottle it and send some to me! That's so cool. Yay for you!
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)

It didn't last long, but it was great while it was with me.
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