Today, I managed three thousand words, which both makes me want to write more and to stop and take a deep long breath.
There are advantages to both, I guess. If I continue on my 5k per writing session trend, I will be past a quarter of my rewrite by tomorrow. If I continue on my 3k per two hours trend… I will cross that threshold by the time I go to sleep.
Which for me is an absolutely blistering pace.
But. And this is a big one: if I continue rushing at my current pace, will I be able to maintain it?
Will I actually be able to improve the quality of my story if I rush as if I’m doing NaNo on steroids?
Even more so.
But I want to see where this is all going…
Heaven knows that I haven’t have a burst of productivity like this in months. My record stands at 7000 words in an afternoon and a night. After that I crashed and took months to recover. It was incredibly frustrating. I couldn’t even blog properly.
Now I’ve more or less tripled that count in less than a week.
What does that mean?
Is it due to the fact that my life is now virtually stress free?
Is it because my mind finds it a lot easier to work with a story that has already been written?
Or did it just turn out that I happen to have a writing threshold of 5800 words a day?
These questions become very important when I consider the end goal: Publishing.
This book will take about four rounds of rewrites and edits before I will start publishing.
At the rate I’m going now, I will finish the second draft in about a month – well ahead of my April 30 target.
By April, I could actually see the end of my edits already.
I can query by May.
If I don’t kill myself by then. Of course, I’m not really talking about putting a gun to my head an pulling the trigger. I’m talking about looking into the barrel to see how a speeding bullet looks.
But I’m not complaining. I mean. After a month long dry spell, it is wonderful to actually be able to write as freely as breathing.
Still part of me is scared that some part is pushing me too hard.
Are my fears unfounded? Or can too much writing be a bad thing? What would you do if you got hit by a rush of words?
I await your advice. In the mean time, I’m going to get my bloggy fix before deciding what to do.