focus. yeah, i've heard of that.

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. []

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  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.

  6. The 750 is based off the Novel in 90 community's daily target. The appeal about it is that it's still doable, even after a long day at work and all the paraphernalia and chores when I get home.

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