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Keeping score at home

Well, as most of you are already well aware, this Livejournal is mainly about writing (and, once again, I apologize to all my non-writing friends who are bombarded with it daily on their Facebook news feeds).  Nevertheless, I sometimes admit, sotto voce, that the 22 hours of the day in which I am NOT writing are also important.  

To see just how important they are, I have come up with a little list that shows how the things that go on around me (including a couple of writing-related bits that I threw in for comparison) affect my writing productivity.

Here's how it works.  Take your normal daily writing input (in my case 1000 words a day or so) and add or subtract words as explained by the following list.  I'll start with a couple of linear ones and work my way to the less obvious stuff.


- Receiving a rejection.  100 word loss of productivity due to general despondency.

- Making a sale.  Writing binge.  2000 extra words driven by the feeling that yes, you'll never get another rejection as long as you live and that the writing world has finally recognized your genius.  Generally lasts one day (or less, if the next rejection arrives on the same day).

- Day job stress.  500 word loss.

- Quitting or losing your day job.  Normally followed by a couple of days of zero writing and then a phase of organized determination (I WILL write now that I have the time) of double the output.  If this goes on for more than a week, you will eventually return to your original writing level, whatever that was.

- Breakup / divorce.  Lose all capacity to write for a fewdays or  weeks or months (this depends on whether a) you're one of those people who believe that writing is more important than human contact or b) you are a lazy slacker), followed by a gradual return to regular wordcounts.

- Two of your friends break up the same week.  Lose all wordcount for the weekend as you accompany them to the beach to make sure they don't drown themselves.

- Meeting someone new.  Lose 2000 words a day.  In my case, this leads to negative wordcounts, so I actually should be deleting things I wrote earlier.  In reality, when this happens, it's probably better just to shelve the writing for a couple of days, because, and trust me on this, you're not going to be thinking about the words.

- Why isn't she returning my calls?  All right, this is like the one above mixed with the rejection one.  When you are in this state, you are a danger to yourself and to poor slush readers who usually aren't to blame for your unfortunate mental condition.  Do yourself and the civilized word a favor and uninstall your word processor.

- Meeting another new person.  Well, the wordcount effect will be the same as the first new person, but maybe you're trying too hard.  Don't you think that many new people in three days is a bit much?  Maybe you should stay at home and relax a little.  Build a huge jigsaw puzzle or something.

- Building a huge jigsaw puzzle.  1000 word loss of daily wordcount due to tired eyes.

- Earthquakes, government collapse, war, famine, death in the family or the great Chicago fire.  No change in wordount output.  Are we mice or are we writers?  (all right, if you get shot in the civil unrest that follows, I'll give you a 500 word breather for one day)

- Why is she still not returning my calls?  Maybe she died in the fire.  Get over her and start writing, you lazy bum!

- Well, at least there's the new one I met last week.  I mean it, get your fingers on the keyboard or we'll throw you out of the writing group!



I haven't written a single word since Friday.  I leave it as an excercise to the reader to try to mix and match the above reasons and see if they can piece together the last two weeks of my life!  Have fun!


Tags: writing, wtf????
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