• Writing

    The New Plan

    by So I used a vacation week to try to kick start my writing again. That was after a little bit of reading things I left in progress to focus on the primary career for almost 6 months. Okay, twelve months. Fine, it’s been almost 2 years since I got any major writing done. There have been brief periods of productivity, but they never seem to last very long. A couple of weeks, maybe a month or so at a stretch. Maybe this time I can hold the focus for a while longer. It’s unlikely I’ll get back to the peak writing volume I managed by dictating during my long…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Not As According to Plan As I’d Like

    by Writing is a very strange business sometimes. Actually, writing is a very strange business all of the time, but I have something specific in mind at the moment. When I try plotting something, or even just figuring it out in my head, I usually have a decent idea of the wordage something will take, at least at the scene level. I can think about what’s supposed to happen in a scene and guess roughly how long it will take. The first draft will usually wind up somewhere in the ball park. If I estimate a scene at 2500 words, it will almost certainly break 2000 and probably won’t reach…