08/12/2009

Dec. 8th, 2009 10:39 pm
[personal profile] multitudeofm
I have decided that on January 1st, I'll set some kind of writing goal for myself.

A doable type goal. Maybe a scene a week. I was originally going for a scene a day, but then I thought about it some more and decided it might make me want to kill myself. I've done that enough times that you'd think I would have learnt a long time ago, but apparently on top of being stoopid, I am also extremely stubborn.

The point is, though, that if there's one thing I've learnt this year, it's that writing isn't like economics for me.

I can't just sit and work and work and work. I am perfectly working for 12 hour stretches at my studies with just short breaks for food and drink, and I can do this for days on end. Negative marginal returns don't set in until, maybe, the tenth hour.

With writing, it sets in much earlier. I don’t even want to estimate how early because it would just be depressing.

Shock treatments a la NaNoWriMo haven’t worked for me. Talk about burnout. Screaming and crying burnout.

So no. Never again.
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