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The Speed of Writing

Moonday Mania

Blogging on the speed of writing

This is the first of four posts on how to improve writing speed I’ll be posting on four consecutive Moonday Manias during the month of April. But before I get to the blog post I have to brag, if you didn’t see my brand new cover for Goldi and the Bear on my Facebook page, then click HERE to see it on my Goldi and the Bear page. But come back for the post, because I can’t be the only one who wants to write faster.

I’m a super (crazy) goal setter. You know the type: the kind that laughs at SMART goals and just sets the bar WAY high.

One of my crazy-go-for-it! goals for the year is to write 3,ooo fresh words per day. (That’s working days, sorry folks I take weekends off.)Whoa! Three thousand words per day? I couldn’t even finish my spicy paranormal novella Goldi and the Bear during National Novel Writing Month and that requires a speed of 1,667 words every day for thirty days. And I didn’t come close. Why is that and how can I even consider trying to reach 3k per day?

And why would I want to?

Well, for starters, I’d like to write more than one full length romance novel per year. I know that the editing is the thing that takes me the longest, so if I’m taking a long time writing the first draft (and then I’m spending several months on editing) that means that I’m taking a very long time to finish a book. But I want to write fast and write well, so where can I speed up?

Writing faster comes down to three things, and that’s what the next three blogs will be about.

  1. Planning
  2. Organization
  3. Time Management

Now these may sound like three variations on a theme, but they’re not. Each one is a specific way I’m increasing my writing speed and if I can make each of these three effective than I think I will be hitting 3k per day without any trouble at all.

Amazed?

I am. But what I’m doing is working. I’m now up to an average writing day of 1,967 words per day that I sit down to write. If I’d done that during last November I would have finished Nanowrimo in twenty-five and one half days. WOOT! Just in time to cook Thanksgiving dinner and not worry about writing a thing.BBQ'd turkey

Imagine what happens if I hit 2,000 words per day, five days per week. That’s an 80,000 word novel in two months. (Not working weekends, remember?) Now of course this is a very rough draft and I still have to go into edits after this, but even at 2k for five days per week I actually stand the chance of finishing two full length novels in a year. But I want to do better than that.

I want to have flexibility. Time to work with my editor on my books that are already finished as far as submission is concerned, but need a final polish for publication. I want to take vacations. I want to not write every day during every week for the whole year. And still complete two novels per year.

Hence striving for 3k/day.

At 3k/day that 80,000 word novel gets finished in just over five weeks if I write Monday through Friday. But what if I don’t? What if I take a sick day, or my kids have a day off school, or my mom needs me? That’s the way my life has been going lately. If I hit five days of writing full time it’s getting to be unusual. So do I give up on my goals or do I just write faster?

Well, you already know the answer. WRITE FASTER, BABY!

My post next Monday will address time management, so tune in next week to see where I found my “write fast” inspiration and how I’m implementing that into my daily word count.

How fast do you write? Do you want to improve your writing speed? What about quality versus quantity? Are you a fast draft person like me, who spends tons of time on edits later. Or are you the kind of person who works that chapter until it’s perfect before you move on to the next one? Do you want to shift gears and work a different way? Or are you happy with the way you write? Are you willing to try something new? Or maybe two or three new strategies to improve your writing speed? What if I told you that the days that I really sit down and apply this I’m almost hitting the 3k mark, would that change your mind?

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