Living the Dream

I’m back!

It’s been kind of a rocky week. I had a blast on my mini-vacation, with all sorts of fun family activities and a little time for myself, then got back to work for one day before my kids got sick and had to stay home. So now we’re going a bit stir-crazy, but they’re still not sounding well, so it will be another long lazy day at home. Wish me luck thinking up fun projects for them.

You know I have no trouble thinking up fun projects for ME. 🙂

Writing progress! I’ve made some! I’m going to wait until Sunday’s update to let you know specific word counts, but I’m usually not having trouble hitting 1,000 on days I write.

I read recently on another author’s blog that her target is to write 10,000 a day. OMG!! How?!? Reading statements like that is depressing for me. I think, here’s this person who is obviously so much more productive than I am, who manages to fit in that much writing, and I know she works incredibly hard at it.

Writing full time would be amazing, but even at that I can’t imagine producing 10,000 a day. I can’t imagine producing 5,000 a day. I bet if I wrote full-time I could manage 3,000 words a day before I was writing complete crap with my brain on overload. Yes, that would only take me about three to four hours daily to meet that target, but after that my brain is usually all mushy and ready to wander on to other things. Forcing myself to stay at it, I don’t think I’d write the same quality of work.

And that’s the danger of such comparisons. Why should I be depressed? I’m making up characters, plot lines, stories…and bringing them to life on the page. That’s the dream. If I tried to PRODUCE, what would be fun about that? And as much as this is a job — sure, it’s a part-time job, and a business I’m developing — the DREAM is to write stories people want to read. It doesn’t happen instantly, but every step I take gets me closer. So, I’ll keep taking those steps, and being happy with what I am and what I can do as a writer. I’ll keep living my dream.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings.

J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series.

You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

2 comments on “Living the Dream

  1. Who writes 10,000 words a day??? Nobody I know! If I did this full time, I could see myself, like you, writing about 3,000 a day. The thing is, even if you have eight hours, I couldn’t possibly write the whole eight hours. It just takes too much out of me. People who aren’t authors don’t understand the drain. Anyway, stop comparing yourself to others. You’re doing great. 🙂

  2. I also usually only write about 1,000 words a day when I’m writing a first draft. I’ve thought it would be fun to have a two week intensive first draft session at some point, and do nothing but write, but I still probably wouldn’t hit 10,000 in a day. That’s about 40 pages – intense.

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