focus. yeah, i've heard of that.

Posted on Posted in nulla dies sine linea, shadow bound

Having your website wiped out is, once you get over the daunting prospect of reinstalling and redesigning everything, almost liberating. (Why, yes, I am being gaggingly positive, aren't I? Don't worry, it won't last long.)

It's not so good for getting words done, however.

I was going to be virtuous and worry about the website after I'd reached quota, but I couldn't. The idea of code, sitting there, incomplete and fractured, was too distracting. I can't stand projects sitting half-done.1

I had to give up the writing until I'd wrangled the website into something approaching a non-eye-jarring display. Which being done, apart from a few niggles here and there, I could finally write. Only somewhere between 3 and 4 pages, but that's quota and it's progress.

I dearly wish I could be one of those writers who can churn out thousands upon thousands of words a day, every day. Every time I try, though, I write so much in the first few days that I burn out, skip a day, and inevitably spin down into a cycle of writing three days worth in one day, then nothing for four or five days. Not the most productive cycle — and, in the end, slower.

  1. Strangely, this impulse has never quite kicked in with the writing. I am quite capable of tolerating half-finished stories. (Which is lucky in a way, because I don't think I'm capable of writing a novel in a day.) I suspect this is because writing stories is an awful lot harder than writing website code. []

7 thoughts on “focus. yeah, i've heard of that.

  1. If you need any web help, let me know! 🙂

    I dearly wish I could be one of those writers who can churn out thousands upon thousands of words a day, every day. Every time I try, though, I write so much in the first few days that I burn out, skip a day, and inevitably spin down into a cycle of writing three days worth in one day, then nothing for four or five days. Not the most productive cycle — and, in the end, slower.

    I hear ya and echo you on that one!

  2. Thanks, Leigh, I will. I'm going to try for discipline and only dip into creating the new design at the end of each day, rather than try to create a brand new theme in a single sitting 😉

    I think it would be easier to remember that 3 or 4 pages a day makes a novel in only 4 months if I wasn't surrounded by people who write copious quantities. One of my dear friends writes 3,000 words a day. Every day. And the worst of it is…? "It'll only take an hour," she says. Gah! It's envy-making!

  3. Ah. I'd wondered what had happened. Still, I think the style for your new journal looks gorgeous – simple, clear, a bit organic with the autumn leaves, and with a beautiful photograph at the header. Makes me wish I could code to create one myself!
    Re. writing? Prolific people give me the irates. 🙂 I write in fits and bursts around other things a lot of the time, and recently writing a project proposal for the museum world has taken a lot of my creative energies and imagination, as well as my time. My current story is still 'there' in my head, but has receded a bit, like looking through a view through a telescope from the wrong end. It will take quite a bit of preparation, notes, re-writing and writing before I can disappear back inside it.

  4. Thanks, I like the Falling Leaves theme a lot, too. It won't be staying forever, though; it's an old theme and the developer has discontinued support, so it needs some hacking to make everything work. I figure I may as well come up with my own. In the meantime, however, this is pretty enough 😉

    I know what you mean about writing in fits and bursts. I tend to find, if I let myself do that, the fits and bursts get longer and longer in between times. I'm more productive if I stick to a daily discipline. I just have to remember to keep the daily discipline humble enough to be manageable. Lately the goal is 750 words a day. It's a push, on long workdays, but still manageable, so I figure I'll stick with that for a bit. Baby steps to get me back in the habit.

  5. Mmmm… 750 words a day…. dammit. It sounds like the gym. I always feel better when I do it, but then work or job applications or something else takes over. Huh. I guess that's something to work on.
    Mind you, I do like the idea of modest steps each day, rather than trying to kill myself when I do write. I have an application due tomorrow, but when I'm finished that, perhaps I should experiment.

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