Re: Writing 80 Thousand Words in 2.5 Weeks and its Significance to Me

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Hey there all, just wanted to share this little achievement of mine.

It might not seem like all that much, even if it's objectively impressive from a pure statistical standpoint, but the importance of it is only layered for me when you consider where I was at not too long ago.

In only the recent past I was barely able to do 40% of what I've managed these past weeks. I was confined by a chronic illness that I've been dealing with for a good portion of a decade at this point, something that has severely hampered most endeavors in my life, but writing was a specifically brutal one. It requires from me a constant and consistent effort, something that pain, extreme lethargy, and mental fog severely hampered.

It turns out, writing is really hard, especially when you're trying to make it be legitimately good, or do something challenging for you. For months, I've been building a backlog for my stories in silence, almost just as a testament to myself over the aspirations that I held for the success of those stories (though I hope for that too).

I didn't know how I'd be able to actually post with any consistency, when the day finally came. It'd make me panic at night after having a rough day, because for me this is just as much about writing as it is life beyond that. Unless I somehow make it big as a writer, my life it always going to be plagued by some difficulty because of my chronic illness, any 'normal' job would require more from me than I could even give something that I actually enjoyed doing. 

How was I going to live, if three days of a week were a write off? Would I ever have independence? Would I even be able hold a normal job if raising my hands above my heart ruined me for hours later? 

So when my sister, who has the same condition as me, started on a new drug that didn't work for her but seemed promising, I decided I'd give it a try.

For years I'd sworn off trying new drugs. Anyone who has been sick for a period of time would know just how exhausting the constant trips to the doctor are. For me it was twice a week at points, but as I realised that this condition I had wasn't going away, and that continuously going to these doctors wasn't going to unearth a hidden secret, I reduced the doctors visits till I was seeing no-one but a General Practitioner. The hopeful drugs had dried up, and only derivatives of already failed drugs were left, most of which only really stood to give me unwanted side effects. 

Cue my sister getting sick, and thus my parents go on that whole roller coaster all over again. I hadn't been to some of the specialist she was seeing for years, and there were a few new options on the table. One was saline infusions (which was effectively off the table for other reasons), or a little drug usually used to treat attention deficit disorders. You might be able to guess the one if you're a smart cookie.

Under the guidance of this specialist's prescription and all that jazz, I think it'd be fair to say that three little pills in the morning have probably changed my life.

Is it a perfect solution? Nah, not even close. My physical symptoms live on strong, leaving me with pain and exhaustion with very little movement. But now my brain kinda works, the mire of lethargy I've been swamped in for years has been lifted from me just enough to want to do things, however insane that seems. I don't work faster, and I don't know if I can quantify working better, but I can work more, enjoy more, and suffer less.

So now I've written 80 thousand words, a total coming in around 160 thousand for some stuff I've written on here previously. I set myself up for a hard time, I have to admit. Three stories at once, four times a week, 2.2 thousand words minimum. Writing two chapters a day is a massive undertaking, and between writing minimum 4.4 thousand words a day, editing, posting, community interaction, it takes up most of may day, seven to eight hours.

But for now, I'm content. I'm happy that I can do something at all, even if it's just doing some writing.

Thank you for reading, and I hope that I'll see you around, maybe even on my very own stories.

Cheers to 'good' health,
Sarius.

Re: Writing 80 Thousand Words in 2.5 Weeks and its Significance to Me

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Gosh, math says that averages to about two and a half printed book pages an hour or about 5 double spaced typed pages an hour  (over 820 words), for eight hours straight , for seven days a week, for over half a month, not including any retyping, error correction, rework or time off for meals potty breaks, cramps,  et all!  Unbelievable!  Now that's....something completely different!

Re: Writing 80 Thousand Words in 2.5 Weeks and its Significance to Me

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Thank you all for the kind words. I posted this mostly on a whim, so it's nice to see that it resonates a little with others, at least a little bit
FAHyatt Wrote: Gosh, math says that averages to about two and a half printed book pages an hour or about 5 double spaced typed pages an hour  (over 820 words), for eight hours straight , for seven days a week, for over half a month, not including any retyping, error correction, rework or time off for meals potty breaks, cramps,  et all!  Unbelievable!  Now that's....something completely different!

Haha I don't know if it's quite that impressive to be fair. A true and honest breakdown of the numbers would be less flattering, I suspect. 

In fact, I just did some math on it. I wrote approximately 28 thousand words for each of my three stories, totaling 84 thousand, within 18 days. That evens out to 4.6 thousand words per day on a weekly 'by day' average. I generally take a singular day off a week, so within that time period, I have written nothing on two of those days so far, but that's irrelevant really.

So it's not quite so impressive. In fact, most of the top authors do the same, if not significantly more. For example, PirateAba, who just about writes 5.x thousand words a day at least, everyday, ad infinitum apparently.

Either way, thank you : )