It is probably intuitive what this is, but let me e'splain. When a writer, used to a certain zone, travels to the zone three (or more) right of writing on the map... the zone known as EDITING, it is hard to get used to at first, but in reality, this zone allows said writer to run though maybe twice, three times, even quadruple the number of words per day than one can achieve in WRITING. The longer one SPENDS in EDITING, the more this comes to feel okay... like maybe it was meant to be... a person might spend maybe two, three... six edits there before deciding it's time to go home.
The brain is still on EDITING time. You see, what you didn't NOTICE in editing time is some 80% of the WORDS were ALREADY THERE! And NOW the moving of old words piece goes away (as there ARE no old words) and the writing comes at the pace of new words achieved during EDITING.
Lets do some math!!!
If you EDIT at 3X the pace of writing and you used to WRITE 1000 words a day...
3 X 1000 = 3000
(you with me?)
Now of the 3000 words a day you get through, 20% are NEW...
3000 X 20% = 600
So NOW, after that visit to EDITING land you are suddenly only able to write 60% of what you could BEFORE that visiting!
So that's what I have. EDITING Lag.
I've started my 2nd Gardening Themed Cozy Mystery. And my ideas are good. I like my ideas. But getting traction... man, I haven't had trouble catching air like this since my very first book (and this is #9). BUT, this is my only time I've edited 3 books for a total of 6 drafts since the LAST freaking book I wrote.) That said, I am finishing my 3rd chapter and they are running about 2500 words a chapter, so I am maybe 10% in. The PACE... 10% in a week... puts me at a 10 weeks to the end rather than 6-8 weeks to the end, but I have plenty of time. The only interference is I won't get to do NaNoEdMo, as I will still be writing, and this time for deadline.
It doesn't seem to matter what I do... permission to write crap... plotting ahead... I've got all my pieces... it just. Is. Going. Slow.
I am giving myself a solid B- this week. I totally got back on the exercise wagon, so bully there! And I've not had any SNACKS except one starving night I opted for some almonds. My trouble is my permission on cocktails and the news of passing to next stage of ABNA last Thursday, which made for a 4 day weekend type thing, celebration wise. My food was never over points, but the cocktails pushed me over all 4 of those days... The weigh in will determine if the exercise made up for that or not.
So there we have it. Happy Hing Day Bloggie Friends!