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That is not my subtle way of saying I have writer's block. I don't. In fact, I have plenty I want to clack out on the computer and finish up this WIP. The goal was to have the draft done by the end of September. I'm not sure that's going to happen. Exhaustion is high in this part of the world, if you hadn't gathered that by Monday's post with the same name. It's the two with illnesses—of which The Girl has strep throat and croup—and exercise and other obligations.
Anyway, the spirit is willing, as is the brain, but my eyes are tired.
I am reminded of a conversation I had during NaNo last year. I read a blog post on NaNo Day 8 where the guy had already written 80K+ and taken the first draft to completion. I asked for an explanation, thinking it highly improbable. His explanation, while condescending, made sense.
Coming up with an idea and outlining prior to November is allowed. Okay, I get that. Hit the ground running and all that. By his count, he averaged 700–750 words per hour over the course of 8 days. And that's where I understood his math.
See, I could, perhaps, write for 14 hours a day if I didn't have a job and wife and kids and a myriad of other things.
Do you think you could you write at that rate (or about) for 8–10 days if you were in his position?
If you're more in my position, would you really want to give up what you have for that kind of lonely time? Because as much as all the illness and commitments drive me to the edge of crazy or exhaustion, and sometimes both at the same time, I'll keep it, thank you very much.
Word to the Nerd