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Last Monday I announced the sale of CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN to Avon Impulse (and The First Victim hit the Carina Press Most Popular list again!) which meant that I didn't get around to telling you about how my attempt to write 10,000 words in a day the week before went.
I participated in 10k Day for Writers through the Fear of Writing website. The basic idea is eliminate as many distractions as possible and carve out multiple two hour windows throughout the day in which to write. You don't edit. You don't research. You just write.
I enjoyed the experiment despite the fact I only wrote just over 5000 words. I loved the focus that clearing the decks beforehand provided. I loved that the object was to just write, which effectively muzzled my inner censor. I'm definitely going to give it a try again soon.
I'd planned on dedicating the entire day to writing my 10k, but life, as it often does, got in the way. I wasn't able to focus solely on my WIP as I'd hoped. First, I had to talk to my lovely agent, Victoria Marini, about other matters. Then I had the opportunity to speak to an editor about Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman. (Okay, I'd ASKED to talk to her, but that's the subject of next week's post!)
These were obviously wonderful reasons to be distracted, but I definitely lost some focus on the story I was working on because of them. I can definitely see the usefulness of eliminating as many interruptions as possible...I'm just not sure how feasible it is.
If you're thinking that 10k or 5k or even 1k doesn't sound feasible, I urge you to check out my crit partner, Cynthia Valero's 10 Minutes to the Universe where she shares her ten minute freewrites. Try one and post it!
Tell me Killer Friends: How do you block out time for concentrating on the things you love doing? (This doesn't just pertain to writing. I would imagine the same focus benefits everything from crafting, to family dinners, to self care, to exercise.)
And if you're a writer, tell me what your personal maximum output for a day has been -- words, pages, hours, scenes, chapters...it's all good!