Tuesday, January 17, 2012
What's Your Writing Speed?
When I started writing, I was a 'pantser'. I had a general idea of my story, but I usually figured out as I went along. I'm still somewhat of a pantser, but now I'm an outliner. I can't live without my little note cards in Scrivener, and I plot out every chapter before I write. My inner pantser still lives, because major things usually do change along the way, though.
Now when I sit down to write, I have a general idea of what needs to be accomplished, and generally, I can type out a chapter in about 40 minutes. My chapters are on the short side, usually between 1,500 and 2,000 words, sometimes longer. I usually spend the forty minutes typing, then a further fifteen reading it over for clarity and typos. I don't set daily word counts, I set chapter goals. Once in awhile I'll write a partial chapter, but for the most part I write chapter to chapter.
Because I work this way, it usually means I spend longer revising, which is okay. I like getting a rough draft and adding and subtracting to it through several drafts. My style would probably drive some writers nuts!
What's your writing speed?