Last week was a regular barnburner for writing here on the Bench.* 4,300 words in six days — not too shabby. Is it good? Hell no. It’s bloated and hard to follow and not much fun to read. I consider myself a perfectionist, but not for first drafts, apparently. Get a rhythm going and whack away at big chunks of the marble; worry about chiseling David’s face after you know where his legs will be. [insert your own strained metaphor here]. How to get that rhythm going? Stay on task, it would seem; here’s how I spent my time last week:
- WriteRoom: 9:28 hrs
- Firefox (Zotero): 9:05 hrs
- Word: 4:20 hrs
It turns out that when I keep my e-mail and web surfing shut down, I get more work done. Go figure.
Here’s hoping for a another 4,000 word week.
*Nope, I don’t know where the phrase comes from, and yup, I’m pretty sure that I’ve used it incorrectly.