Awhile back, I adopted Write Faster as my motto. I didn’t take this to mean, write shittier. I took it to mean stop goofing around. Write every day. Write more. Don’t think you’re finished for the day because you have three pages. Still, I kept on thinking I was finished for the day after I had three pages. Sometimes if I had only two. That’s because my New Year’s resolution this year was to write 500 words a day. I’ve kept that resolution, and look: there are only 99 days to go! I’ve written three new full-length plays, one new ten minute play, had a play reading in NYC, a play produced on live TV, a full length play staged in Fertile Ground, published The Hounding in both eBook and paperback, wrote a poem a day in five months of this year (about 150 new poems!), and am seven chapters into my newest work-in-progress (WIP).

Am I satisfied? No. Why not, she asks. Because I know I could do better. I’m not applying myself as the teachers say on one’s report card. I can write faster. When I won a writer’s residence for six weeks in a mountain cabin (alone) in the winter, I thought I’d set a goal of 100 pages a week. That sounded reasonable to newbie me. So I did it. In five weeks. Came home early. I didn’t even write every day. On the days I wrote, I wrote thirty pages. I found I could write six pages an hour sometimes. Was it all golden? Of course not. But it was thirty pages a day! Good grief.

What am I doing about my dissatisfaction? I hereby commit to writing two chapters on the WIP from now until November 1 or until I complete The Illustrious Client, whichever comes first.

On November 1 I begin NaNoWriMo. Some of you will have heard of it. It is a program in which thousands of writers pledge to write a novel in the 30 days of November, at least 50,000 words which will be verified by NaNoWriMo online. If you finish, you win. If you win, there are prizes, like having Create Space publish your novel for you and give you five free copies of it.

I have an idea for that novel I wish to write in November, but it is a fuzzy idea at best. No title, no characters, no time, no setting, nothing at all nailed down. Yet. I just know it will be very dark. And a thriller. Probably with dark humor.

Meanwhile, I will spend less time on social media as I work on the WIP. I will continue my daily walks, might even take to pacing like Shirley Combs…

All encouragement appreciated. (Feel free to buy my book for your friends and family. It now includes Chapter One of The Illustrated Client at the back of it.) http://www.amazon.com/Hounding-Shirley-Combs-Watson-Adventure/dp/1475129211/ref=la_B005HEWFCK_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348425254&sr=1-1


10 thoughts on “WRITE FASTER

  1. Wow! You write super fast! Good for you!

    My abilities– not to mention my schedule–seem to limit me to about 140,000 words a year. That’s usually one novel and one healthy novella for me. Lately, it’s been even less than that.

    Maybe I need to set some goals for myself!

    • I don’t know Meggan, you have an awfully busy life to add more! Setting goals and objectives, that’s a good thing as long as you are kind to yourself and realistic. I have no one but myself to account to, no full time day job any more, and only one cat. A small place to live in. My goals are realistic for me where I am now. Also, if they become unrealistic, I will adjust them. I enjoy reading your blog posts so much. Thank you for writing them, and for commenting here.

  2. Noticed this on Twitter. That’s one freaking amazing year. I’m so glad you’re pushing on, and pushing harder. Around here, we’ve been competing with ourselves, writing a 60 book in three days. And damned if it didn’t work for the nine people who tried!

    • Thanks! I checked out your website, that is an amazing array of titles, and pretty spectacular covers. I like the pic of the fingers flying so fast over the keyboard there’s nothing but a blur. That’s my aim. That and decent copy coming from the blur. lol

    • Rewrites happen after the writing ends. I do way more rewriting than I do writing. When I did that huge outpouring of 150,000 words, it was just the beginning. At the time I had no idea how normal people wrote. And I didn’t write those words on a computer. Some of them weren’t even typed, but were handwritten. It took me years to get it all on the computer and edited. But I got a memoir, several short stories, a few plays, and I still have useable fragments remaining from that work. Nowadays I’m more organized. I plan, outline, research, make notes. I write every day. I’m always working on at least two projects at once. Right now I’m writing the second novel in my Shirley Combs series, marketing the first one, researching a third stand alone novel, and doing rewrites on a play. I’m also sending out plays for any opps that look like appropriate venues. That’s how I get it done. In November, I plan to suspend everything except for writing that first draft of the new novel, so I’ll have time for any emergency that pops up. In order to write 50,000 words in 30 days, one has to produce 6.67 pages per day. Every day.

  3. SIX pages in an hour?!? Wow! You’re amazing! And even if you feel like you could write faster, you still have an impressive list of accomplishments from the past year. Maybe you’re writing as fast as your creativity will allow?

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

    • Thank you, Caryn. Yes, I think I probably am writing as fast as my creativity will allow at the moment. When I wrote 6 pages an hour, it was pouring out. I can only hope it will flow like a river in November! ha.

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