Friday, August 12, 2011
The speed of things
*Me at the computer. Old house, old hair, but you get the point*
I've read several blog posts about speed in writing lately. Authors have been answering the question How fast do you write?
My critique partner can crank out 3,500 on a great day.
Jolene Perry said she once wrote a book in a week but felt hungover.
If I remember right, Kiersten White wrote her last book in nine days.
Dang girls! I'm just not that fast! I usually write about 1,000-1,500 words in a day. Some days (many days) I don't write at all. Then there's the occasional hubby-took-the-kids-out-for-the-day when I write two or three thousand and feel amazing.
I was feeling down about my slowness, but there's no need to. Even if I took weekends off, I could still write a rough draft in three months. And that's not bad. Then, with revisions, I could probably pump out two books a year. For some writers (ahem, Bonnie) two novels a year would be an epic fail. But to others, that would be a fantastic accomplishment.
And you know what? Whatever your speed, it's okay. Consistency is what matters. And I am working on that one too.
I am also a slow runner. My miles are about twelve minutes while my friends do ten minute miles. But did you know we're both burning the same calories? Did you know we're both reaching the finish line?
So, don't stress about your speed. Find what's comfortable for you and push it a little (maybe just by a hundred or two hundred words). The point is, you know what you can do and still maintain balance in your life.
What is a word count for a typical day for you? Do you stress that you're too slow sometimes?
Posted by Maggie at 7:00 AM