Time and expectations

2016-06-02 10.56.30Having too much time to write might seem like an oxymoron, but there’s a chance that I’ll not have a paying job in November. The last time that happened, I thought, “Since I normally draft over 100,000 words and finish the first draft of a novel during months that I do work, without that distraction, I should be able to write the first drafts of  two novels.” I knew that I had to be careful to move my hands and wrists to avoid carpal tunnel problems. But, I was so busy being careful of them, and focusing on writing 200,000 words that I didn’t realize that intense writing while mostly sitting was a very bad idea. I no longer like cushions on chairs, for example.

So, the thought of having ‘too much’ time to write in November is not a good one. Especially since I was planning on working on the outline in November instead of in the several months before it and so was aiming for 50,000 words, not my usual 100,000.

On the other hand, working on polishing up a couple of others novels is going well, so maybe I’ll just continue that in November. And work on communications for PBDD. And host a bunch of people for Thanksgiving. Oh, and walk.

If I start writing too much a day, there’s always the fitbit’s ‘250 steps per hour’ little chart. Turns out I’m a bit compulsive about getting that for every hour between 7 am and 8 pm. And once I’m up and walking for 250 steps, I often try for 500 or even a thousand. That might help me break from the writing. Hope so.


About Katherine Lato

Writer, thinker, observer and participant in life.
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