Re: Finished my "Hell Week"

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Because I recently brought a second fiction to RR. I decided to run a chapter a day, in addition to my existing commitment for a weekly chapter for my other fiction.

It seemed like amazing idea, because I have like 40 chapters in backlog. Unfortunately, each chapter is anywhere from around 6k to10k words and only the latest ones were up to my current editing standard. 

So, because I was thinking more along the lines of "I really want people to see this ASAP," rather than, "This is a good idea, I'll work on it and do it in a couple weeks." I informally started my personal hell week. Don't get me wrong, I don't actually regret it. It was just far more of a challenge than I originally anticipated and I really had to test my limits on what I was capable of. 

In the end I was editing through and rather heavily rewriting a 6-10k chapter a day plus writing what I could for my weekly 15k+ chapter for my existing fiction. I honestly wouldn't have believed id be capable of it, even in the short term. While I definitely won't be doing that again, it was a fantastic learning experience.

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AlexaLee Wrote: Oh wow. I'm glad it was a good learning experience but that sounds genuinely hellish!!
It began quite manageable. But I found that because of the amount of rewriting I was doing, I kept coming up creatively drained after only writing small parts for the existing fiction. I have been working on both this whole time, so it normally wasn't an issue. But doing it every day?  It was like watching the iceberg get closer and closer.

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Re: Finished my "Hell Week"

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Blind_Watcher Wrote: It began quite manageable. But I found that because of the amount of rewriting I was doing, I kept coming up creatively drained after only writing small parts for the existing fiction. I have been working on both this whole time, so it normally wasn't an issue. But doing it every day?  It was like watching the iceberg get closer and closer.


Oof I can imagine! Did the iceberg hit leaving you completely burnt out or are you okay?

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Blind_Watcher Wrote: Because I recently brought a second fiction to RR. I decided to run a chapter a day, in addition to my existing commitment for a weekly chapter for my other fiction.

It seemed like amazing idea, because I have like 40 chapters in backlog. Unfortunately, each chapter is anywhere from around 6k to10k words and only the latest ones were up to my current editing standard. 

So, because I was thinking more along the lines of "I really want people to see this ASAP," rather than, "This is a good idea, I'll work on it and do it in a couple weeks." I informally started my personal hell week. Don't get me wrong, I don't actually regret it. It was just far more of a challenge than I originally anticipated and I really had to test my limits on what I was capable of. 

In the end I was editing through and rather heavily rewriting a 6-10k chapter a day plus writing what I could for my weekly 15k+ chapter for my existing fiction. I honestly wouldn't have believed id be capable of it, even in the short term. While I definitely won't be doing that again, it was a fantastic learning experience.
You’d be surprised what is possible. I actually burnt myself out, rewriting faster than my audience can read. I was doing at least two chapters a day, which would equate to about 10k to 20k words total. However, as I got deeper into the book, I started doing one a day, since a single chapter could be 10k to 15k. Then there was one that turned out to be 28k. I kept consistent, but really tired myself out. Every time the new count got caught up, I would already have another part ready to go.

Had to pull it back some for the rewrite of my second book, otherwise I will go completely crazy heh. My chapter lengths are no joke. It is always a learning experience, when you have that drive, there is a lot you will find yourself capable of doing. Gotta also just take it back a bit, and work at a reasonable pace. 

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AlexaLee Wrote:
Blind_Watcher Wrote: It began quite manageable. But I found that because of the amount of rewriting I was doing, I kept coming up creatively drained after only writing small parts for the existing fiction. I have been working on both this whole time, so it normally wasn't an issue. But doing it every day?  It was like watching the iceberg get closer and closer.


Oof I can imagine! Did the iceberg hit leaving you completely burnt out or are you okay?
Oh I'm fine, but thanks for asking. :)  I took a long nap earlier and im going to bed for real quite soon. I've just been bouncing idea's for a modified chapter ending with Novelninja. The perfectionist in me just really wanted it 'done' before proper sleep hehe. It was more of a stress iceberg, the deadline for OT, than a burnout one.

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Blind_Watcher Wrote:
AlexaLee Wrote:
Blind_Watcher Wrote: It began quite manageable. But I found that because of the amount of rewriting I was doing, I kept coming up creatively drained after only writing small parts for the existing fiction. I have been working on both this whole time, so it normally wasn't an issue. But doing it every day?  It was like watching the iceberg get closer and closer.


Oof I can imagine! Did the iceberg hit leaving you completely burnt out or are you okay?
Oh I'm fine, but thanks for asking. :)  I took a long nap earlier and im going to bed for real quite soon. I've just been bouncing idea's for a modified chapter ending with Novelninja. The perfectionist in me just really wanted it 'done' before proper sleep hehe. It was more of a stress iceberg, the deadline for OT, than a burnout one.



Ah that is very fair. Maybe a nice meal and an early night will help!

Re: Finished my "Hell Week"

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Blind_Watcher Wrote: Because I recently brought a second fiction to RR. I decided to run a chapter a day, in addition to my existing commitment for a weekly chapter for my other fiction.

It seemed like amazing idea, because I have like 40 chapters in backlog. Unfortunately, each chapter is anywhere from around 6k to10k words and only the latest ones were up to my current editing standard. 

So, because I was thinking more along the lines of "I really want people to see this ASAP," rather than, "This is a good idea, I'll work on it and do it in a couple weeks." I informally started my personal hell week. Don't get me wrong, I don't actually regret it. It was just far more of a challenge than I originally anticipated and I really had to test my limits on what I was capable of. 

In the end I was editing through and rather heavily rewriting a 6-10k chapter a day plus writing what I could for my weekly 15k+ chapter for my existing fiction. I honestly wouldn't have believed id be capable of it, even in the short term. While I definitely won't be doing that again, it was a fantastic learning experience.


That is seriously impressive! And here I am chuffed if I can get out around 4k of roughly edited drivel a week.:D