The Create for Life Post-Game Report
I didn't end up writing for 24 hours, not because I became too tired or tapped out. To the contrary, when I stopped writing, I was wide awake and with plenty of energy left, thanks to a cup o' Barry's, my favorite Irish tea. But ... I ran out of story.
First, I severely underestimated my speed as a writer. Before CFL, my personal record was 10,000 words written in a day, accomplished during NaNoWriMo one year. Before that, it was 9,000 words in a day. Based on that, I figured 15,000 was a good ballpark for CFL, since I figured I would drop off in speed around 10,000 and would probably spend the rest of the event eking out the remaining 5,000 words. I figured I might inch over 15,000, but I could just as easily fall a bit shy.
I was wrong. I hit 15,000 with several hours left in the event. That wouldn't have been a problem, if I didn't also hit the point where I had nothing left to write. I had reached the end of what I planned to write, hours before quitting time, and had no story planned beyond that point. I didn't think I'd come close to reaching that point in one day. Part of the reason I did, I know, is that in moments of reduced inspiration and energy, I wrote mostly plot, and I still have a lot of backstory and theme to work in, but that is not something I'm capable of doing justice to in a marathon.
So it's absolutely not a bad thing to have reached my goal as far as the donations it has earned for cancer research, but I really wanted to say that I wrote for 24 hours straight.
The good thing is that I did end up with a bit of sleep. Not enough--I'm pretty tired now--but I not dragging like I expected, which is good, since I have schoolwork I need to do. I always find that these "extreme writing" events, like NaNoWriMo or when I write 20+ stories in a month for gifts, teach me a lot about myself as a writer. I'm going to try to put some of those musings into words on the Heretic Loremaster later this week.
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