The Human Division Writing Update

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.

18 Comments on “The Human Division Writing Update”

  1. 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.

  2. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    I wanna know what you’ll be working on next!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/ 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Leonard

    Your word count is inspiring me for NaNoWriMo!

  6. JeremyJoel – I am a freelance writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. i write for trade publications and am currently at work on a "neon-punk" urban fantasy novel and have a serialized novel currently posted on JukePop Serials: https://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/282.
    jjoelw

    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!

  7. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    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.

  8. I refuse to feel inadequate about my paltry word count. Really. Or, at least, that’s what I’ll tell my therapist, next session.

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