Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Finish Line"

Congrats on finishing... what I really admire is your finding a system that worked - 250 - 500 words a day... how did you keep your train of throught? Were those just the additions but you also had revisions that counted towards those 250 - 500 words a day?

Posted by Ramsey Taylor at May 17, 2011 01:17 PM

What I tracked was net change in words. If the manuscript was 200-500 words longer than the day before that was a win. If it was 200 words or more shorter, that was also a win, because I tend to have a rhythm of spewing a lot, then going back and cutting half or more.

The metric broke down a little if I was engaged almost exclusively in rewording-type revisions rather than cuts or new progress. Then I would just have to estimate whether I'd done an equivalent amount of work.

Keeping train of thought was easy as long as I didn't skip a day. Best was really to stop in the middle of a sentence, so I'd be yearning to complete it. If I skipped a week, though, the trail was cold and I was in trouble.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 17, 2011 01:20 PM

Wooot! Congratulations on finishing! That's fabulous.

Posted by Steph Burgis at May 17, 2011 05:09 PM


Posted by dmr at May 18, 2011 12:20 AM

Indeed, well-deserved congratulations!

I stand in awe of your systematic self discipline, something I might have predicted on the evidence of your growing up, but instead I more often assigned your achievements to your intellectual gifts. We share a Saturday birthday, and I'm proud to see that you carry on the Smith=worker tradition.

Posted by Mom at May 19, 2011 12:06 AM

Yay! Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing you read from it!

Posted by Jed at May 21, 2011 08:37 PM

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