Writing As A Job


Despite my pajamas and couch/recliner with a coffee table as an office, I do try to keep my writing time as professional as possible.  Since I’m about the least professional person I know, this amounts to logging my time.  I actually have an app where I can clock in and out and track my hours.

I actually track my hours differently, using codes to determine writing time, editing time, proofing, social networking, blog posts, writing exercises, and then miscellaneous for those things I don’t know how to catalogue.

Most of the time, the information is rather pedestrian.  I worked this many hours this week or that many hours that month.  Every once in a great while though, it shows me something phenomenal has happened.

In January, I wrote the majority of Fortified Dreams.  This isn’t really a big deal, I can write a book a month when I have my creativity cap on and my fingers on the keyboard like a good little writer.  What is a big deal, is that I wrote the majority of it in just 8.12 hours.

That might be a new record for me (no, Craig, I am still not a machine).  This averages out to about 7,000 words per hour.  I switched up and started working on some other stuff, so I didn’t finish it in January, I got distracted (we’ll talk about what by, later).  But I can’t help but wonder, if I had continued at that pace… Could I have actually written a novel in just 10 hours?  I find the possibility mind boggling.

Unfortunately, there were a ton of serial killers in Fortified Dreams (it does take place inside the walls of the Fortress).  Serial killers that had little to no backstory.  Killers I hadn’t known existed until I started writing the book.  These were things that I needed to know.  So, instead of finishing the novel that was almost done, I started writing these backstories (as short stories) for the purpose of fleshing out the monsters I had created.  Which lead to some interesting twists and might require some revision within Fortified Dreams, but I won’t know that for sure until I actually finish all the backstories and Fortified Dreams and do my read through.  Once I have that done, I’ll know if I need to change anything up.

It also lead me to write stories for Eric Clachan, Isabella Clachan, and a few other characters that may have an integral role in the lives of SCTU members (no spoilers though!).  This is why I started assembling the short story book Terrorific Tales.  Between all the writing exercises and all the short stories I’ve been putting down for myself… It seemed like a smart thing to do.  Besides, I needed some direction on the Dysfunctional Chronicles and I’m hoping some side stories with Alex & Kenzie can do that for me.  I could probably just do a book of shorts with serial killers & Alex/Kenzie, but I feel like these need breaks.  It would be too intense otherwise (I think).

Ok, off to do some writing!

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