Writing is Like . . . Pie
A few weeks ago, I ranted about the concept of having to write every day because there is many times where there are more important things to do to make you a fiction producing machine. It made me wonder, how do I spend my time in the whole writing process? For a month, I have been keeping track of the time I put into the different areas of writing. I wanted to share it. I give you (drum roll)—a pie. A pie chart to be specific.
This represents a total of 94.75 hours I put into the writing process for the month of October and what I did with that time. Here’s a break down of what each slice means.
Reading– This is reading works of fiction. A writer reads . . . a lot. This is also closely related to Craft Analysis, because I certainly do a lot of it while reading, but I also just read for pleasure lots of times.
Writing– Current WIP, various writing exercises, and random writing. Includes rewrite time. I did not do nearly as much writing as I wanted to this month. I hit writer’s block about three weeks ago and it made for a rough month. Oh well—there’s always November!
Research– Any type of research that is related to my WIPs.
Inspiration Searching– Looking for ideas for a new story. I spent quite a bit of time doing this this month. This is mostly non-fiction reading.
Critique Review– Gathering and synthesizing feedback from WIPs.
Story Thinking– Down time to just think about WIPs and possible stories. For me, a lot of this just dead ended for me. Very frustrating.
Craft Analysis– Analyzing other works of fiction (not just reading it, but looking to see what they did right, wrong, etc.), and researching craft in general (for instance, I spent quite a bit of time researching the Hero’s Journey.)
Publishing Research– Looking into the market to find homes for my WIPs.
So, what do you think? Does this reflect the efforts you put into your own writing? What’s different?
Ciao for now.
P.S. Good luck to my NaNo friends!