Parkinson’s law basically says that every task will expand to fill the available time.
For me, though it’s not true with every task, it is with writing. It’s not that I don’t put in the time or effort, or rack up the words. I do. The problem is that I’m a fiddler, and though I have a plot (which I love) and know what needs to happen in each scene, I spend way too much time word-smithing instead of just getting on with the story. When the prose won’t flow, I wind up deleting words almost as fast as I type them in. (Seriously—one day my gross word count was over 900, but my net was negative 56.) Continue reading