The weeks writing on a day by day basis.
While I wanted to update Queer Hill with the latest United States presidential polling, it took up most of my writing time. If I am lucky, I will have about an hour left to write before I have to shut down for the day.
On the one hand, an hour of writing time seems like a lot. On the other hand, however, I can’t hardly get caught up on where I stopped in one hour. I usually have to read over what I have written last time, remember where I am going with the writing, then plan how I am going to get there. Only when that is done can I begin to accumulate a word count.
The final thing that makes an hour seem like such a short amount of time is the rate that I can actually type a story. While I used to be able to type 55 words per minute with no mistakes, I can only get about 700 to 800 words per hour when I am creating a story. I have to think, write, edit, delete, and rewrite before I have the story flowing like I want; and I usually do this all at the same time. That means that I am only getting about 25% of my typing speed if I actually have to think about what I am writing.
Anyone else care to chime in about writing time, word count, words per minute, or any other writing related topic?
I am going to try something different. Instead of writing a new post for every day of writing, I am going to write one post a week. I will then edit the post for each day to add what I want at the bottom. That should keep my blog from being overly crowded with the same ol’ pouts about writing. It should also make it easier for anyone that wants to follow (or ignore) the posts about writing to ignore them.
I am trying to write right now, but the words aren’t flowing. There are things that I am sure that I should be putting in the story, but the words just aren’t coming into my mind. I am sitting here trying to force the story to continue, but perhaps I should move on the next section. There really isn’t all that much that I know of that should be in this section. While I don’t think that the section that I am writing has sufficiently been explained, I can’t come up with anything to expand on it.
I think that, today, I will simply move on to the next section with a horribly written segue between the two. Perhaps, if more ideas come to me later, I will return to the current section and write some more.
What do you do when you are at a place where they story stops flowing? How do you continue?
No writing today. I am exhausted.