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Got Story Five Done by 6 A.M.

It Seems Being Exhausted Helps…

I got to the story this morning at 3:30 a.m.  Far, far, too late.


My Day Went Like This…

Just trust me, there was no stopping except for one nap, cook dinner, and watch one hour of The Voice. The rest of the day was going from 2 p.m. until now, 6:30 a.m. 

And yes, I got my 10,000 steps.

I sat down at 3:30 and looked at my half-title sheet and decided the first thing I looked at I would go with, so that was “Under Glass.” And I would do a Cold Poker Gang mystery, since I have those characters in my head.

I got 900 words before taking a break at 4:15. I had to walk around some because I was so exhausted. Almost tossed it in right there.

Then went back and got another 1,000 words by 5:15 a.m.

Very short break and it finished at 2,700 words at 6 a.m.

So far, here is the November Short Story Challenge. (10th through 30th.. I will have covers in a few days as well.)

1… Under the Skin of Death… 4,400 words…. Total words so far… 4,400 words.
2… Half a Clue… 3,700 words… Total words so far… 8,100 words
3… That Human Fear… 1,700 words… Total words so far… 9,800
4… The Remarkable Way She Died… 2,100 words… Total words so far… 11,900
5… Under Glass… 2,700… Total words so far… 14,600

So total writing time today… 2.5 hours.
Total work time…10 hours.

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  • JM

    I’ve found that when I’m a little tired, and I start writing, the story flows quite easily. I think it might have something to do with the weariness silencing the critical voice (which requires a lot more energy and goes to bed early so it can annoy me in the morning).

  • allynh

    The great difference between what you are doing vs Pulp writers, is you choose to challenge yourself. You are not having to spend 12 hours a day writing to pay the bills. They had no choice, you do, so cherish each day’s win.

    Well done.

    • dwsmith

      Have you noticed I spend 10 hours a day at times on the publishing business and helping other writers, outside of my own writing. And it is my writing that pays the bills. So not sure how I am different.