Marathon training

10/01/12 6:00 AM

Had a wiggly-wobbly November and December and fell off my game.

When I’m drafting, I like to put in 1000 polished words a day, a very doable number for me. It’s how I got through my first two books.

But, like any endurance sport, I need to build up to it. So last week, I put in 250 words daily. This week, I’m shooting for 500 daily. Next week, hopefully 750. Then the jump to 1000, which I’m hoping to sustain to the bloody end.

Wish me luck.

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Posted by Robyn | in Creative Writing, Writing | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Marathon training”

  1. Steve T Says:

    Good luck!

    By “polished words,” do you mean 1000 words that aren’t bullet points and freewriting or do you write 1000 words and then go back and edit them? How long does that generally take each day when you’re in good “marathon” condition?

  2. Robyn Says:

    By “polished,” I mean that they hang together and move the narrative forward. I tend to edit as I go, so they’re beyond the “first draft” feel. If I’m in marathon shape and I’m feeling the story and know where it’s headed, I can crank out 1000 polished words fairly fast — a couple of hours tops. (I think I need to up the ante this year and start producing 2000 words a day.) I’ve had days where I’ve produced an occasional 5000 polished words, but I’ve found I’m a bit “hung over” the next day. 1000-2000 (maybe 3?) is probably my sweet spot.

  3. Martin Dugas Says:

    Good luck Robyn! Does this mean that you are officially working on a new novel? 🙂

  4. Robyn Says:

    @Martin — yep. I have a little over 20,000 very messy words — too messy for me, since I like to edit and organize as I go. Getting back into a rhythm will help, methinks. (Me hopes.)

  5. Dennis Miller Says:

    Glad you’re back in the running on your marathon!

  6. Robyn Says:

    Thanks, Dennis! 🙂

  7. Robin Says:

    Go you! Sometimes we all need a break. Even marathon runners take resting periods and then build back up again. You will do this no problem! Can’t wait to hear about the next book!!!

  8. Mo Says:

    And of course when training for a marathon, one needs to carbo load – hope you’re doing some of that…if not, please join me in doing so! Good luck in rockin’ forward, which you always do with grace and agility on paper and off!

  9. Robyn Says:

    Thanks, Mo! 🙂