Date: 2016-04-04 12:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Ah - my apologies for jumping to assumptions! Getting bogged down writing poetry compared to your pace writing prose is a different issue than getting bogged down writing a particular poem relative to your usual pace writing poems.

I also find it difficult to write prose and poetry at the same time, and I usually get around that for mixed mode projects by batching when I draft poems, so that when I'm writing prose I can just focus on writing prose and not on trying to switch modes back and forth within one writing session. Granted, it sounds like I approach the order of that from the other way around than you (i.e. I like to start with drafting most of the poems first, and then reverse engineering the plot and narrative from them and writing that out, and then going back to finalize the poems and fill in any missing ones at the end), but you could do something similar by using temporary placeholders for where the poems should go, and then every few writing sessions have one where you just work on drafting poems. (Or heck, one day a week, or a few days at the end.)

50k+ in a month is an ambitious goal, and I salute you for it. I suspect poetry will total a small fraction of that wordcount for your complete draft, so whatever you can do to help yourself keep the time you spend writing poems limited to time you can spare from meeting your wordcount goals through prose will help.
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