No Real Substance

Artifice.EXE – Current word count: 1747

It’s slowly going up. This break, I’ve managed to make a post on this blog every day, and write a little bit on Artifice every day. Things are going well, but then again, I don’t have school work or anything of the like to worry about right now.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to maintain this work during the last several weeks of school.

I need to be writing even more though: several hundred words a day doesn’t quite cut it. I’ve been reading on what other writers prescribe as good wordcounts  for a day’s worth of writing, and get different numbers from everyone. I’ve known people to say they go for three, solid pages a day: that’s 1500 words, thereabouts. A little more. My writing professor says that’s entirely too high, and that I should focus more on quality then quantity. But he’s a poet, so I’m not sure his vote counts.

Terry Pratchett says that writing a novel takes being alive for fifty years, plus four to six months of frantically scribbling words on a page. I like that idea, even if I’m short the prescribed time by about thirty years or so.

I think the simple answer is, at this point, to simply get words on the page, and try to do more today than I did yesterday. That should be a good enough goal.

I’m going to stop talking now, though, and go write something of substance instead of blogging.




  1. cirellio said,

    March 26, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I’ve been looking at progress as ‘how far I’ve gotten in the story I want to tell’, completly ignoring wordcount. (I suppose, if I ever have to race a deadline, I might have to change that school of thought.)
    I also tend to ignore quality, focussing more on completing scenes. IMO, an entire scene (that can be edited later) is much better to work with than a few perfect paragraphs – especially if something happens later that causes you to have to rearrange and rewrite for continuity…
    In conclusion, I don’t think I’d get along well with your writing professor :)

  2. Cassie said,

    March 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    DK! Did you get my email? Please reply as soon as you can..

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