The Human Division Writing Update
Posted on October 22, 2012 Posted by John Scalzi 18 Comments
The weekend went well, with about 14,000 words total for Saturday and Sunday. I’m hoping for about another 6,000 or so today and then The Human Division will be done.
For those who are wondering, no, this is not atypical for me. My writing speed tends to ratchet up the closer I get to being done, on account that nearly everything but the typing — the plotting, the characterization, the story beats — is done, and all I really have to do is get the words down without tripping over myself. If anything I have to be careful not to go too fast, otherwise I’ll have a copy editor want to kill me for having to correct all my errors.
I’ll talk about this more later (i.e., when I’m done with the thing), but I’m really very happy with the way The Human Division is turning out. Structurally it’s really unlike anything I’ve done before, and different from most things out there, and the stories I’m telling, if I may say so, are turning out to be fun to write (and hopefully to experience). It’s been a hugely interesting process so far.
Back to it for me; talk to you all later.
Strong work. We impatiently await the results.
Type John, type like the wind!
The fact that you’re having fun writing it is a good indication it’s going to be a fun read. I’m looking forward to picking it up when it gets all collected.
Go, Dog. Go!
I wanna know what you’ll be working on next!
I’d love to know how to get work as a copy editor. Even if you don’t need much, it seems the perfect way to get to read good stuff before everybody else.
Go, Speed Writer!
My 8th grade honors students are setting their word count goals for NaNoWriMo this week. How wonderful that I can now casually mention, “No pressure, but John Scalzi wrote 14,000 words last weekend.”
Go you. I look forward to reading the finished product.
Glad to hear it, John. Finding this whole thing helpful and instructive. Good work.
excited to hear about it, I hope any humor in it does not rely heavily on sarcasm.
Assuming that wasn’t sarcasm, Wonders, you’re going to be disappointed.
Re your hints about structure. Colour me intrigued!
18,000 words in three days? damn.
Your word count is inspiring me for NaNoWriMo!
I don’t know how to say this politely, but screw you and your wordcount. I can’t even get it up to 1,000 words a night anymore. :P
Super pumped that I get to read something new from you, though!
Since I’m not on Twitter, WHY THE HECK ARE YOU AT THE DENTIST WHEN THERE’S WRITING TO BE DONE? You could’ve rescheduled, I bet.
I refuse to feel inadequate about my paltry word count. Really. Or, at least, that’s what I’ll tell my therapist, next session.