Personally, I feel like I'm an extremely slow writer, taking hours to pump out a single 2k word chapter. I feel like a large part of it is that I spend too much time rewriting and analyzing my past work. When I get into the zone and just let my thoughts flow through my fingers, my speed increases by quite a bit.
Do you guys find yourselves spitting words out as soon as a thought enters your head?
Or are you the type that spends minutes staring at a blank screen, fingers off the keyboard?
I Wrote: I'd race an amoeba if I want a chance at winning, but recently I talked to someone who wrote a 20k chapter in a day...
I'd love to see that race! And 20k in a day... That's crazy talk! Took me about a month of heavy and inspired writing to break the 20k mark. I wonder how polished it is?
Endless Wrote: But I’m mostly slow because when I get over the excitement of doing a writing project and leave it on hiatus it takes me quite a while to get back into things.
This is a worry of mine. That if I take an extended break, I might forget my characters and plot details.
Quote:but recently I talked to someone who wrote a 20k chapter in a day...
I think I know who that is lol
Personally I think the trick is to reduce editing as much as possible because editing tends to be a monumental time sink. One pass at editing should be the most you do, but to achieve that and keep quality high your initial writing needs to be of a certain quality which is hard to do and maintain a high writing speed.
Simplifying writing style helps with this, a more workman like style of writing is easier to stream out than a more flowery style of writing while maintaining quality.
It's exhausting though, brain always being in high-output mode. Then again, being in a perpetual edit-mode is exhausting too...
normancrane Wrote: It's like a visual artist eating paint, vomitting on a canvas and calling the result art.
OMG, this comparison is AMAZING!
Thanks for all the comments and replies guys. There's some good insight here.
I think i'll try and just keep writing everyday and mainly ignore the word count. As long as I'm writing, I'm making progress.
I don't need to edit scenes, for I think a lot while writing. But I got grammar issues, that's a whole different snake.
CookieCabal Wrote: I don't need to edit scenes, for I think a lot while writing. But I got grammar issues, that's a whole different snake.
Wow, I have trouble keeping myself from going back and changing things even if I think its decently written. I'm okay with the grammar side I think.