It’s been a week since my last post and that is primarily because I’ve been really lazy. I haven’t been doing too much at home apart from write and even then for the amount of time I’ve been working I don’t have that much product to churn out. However, this week was also a bit of an experiment by me. I, as well as a lot of my writing friends, tend to overwhelm myself with deadlines that are just a bit too narrow. I set deadlines for myself all the time without directly taking into consideration my limits as a writer. So everyday this week, I would jot down the number of words I wrote each day and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just a very slow writer.
On average, I write about 500 words a day. Now that’s the average, some days I write 600 and today I wrote 1000, but I don’t see it as a bad thing. Yes I’d like to be able to churn out more words than that on average, but now that I have an understanding of how fast I write, I feel that I can more accurately set deadlines for myself.
The book I’m drafting right now, Spring-Heeled Jack, isn’t going to be a very long book. I have the outline all written up and right now it is sitting at 13 chapters. For me, chapters can vary between 1000 to 2000 words. During this week, I’ve gotten two and a half chapters done. If I was to keep moving at this speed, two and a half chapters a week, my first draft should take me a little over a month to complete. Now, the hard part is being able to maintain that schedule. I’ve set my deadline to be around May 15-18 to give me a bit of leeway.
Anyways guys, thank you very much for reading. If any of you are interested in ways to increase your writing speed, I would very much recommend checking out How To Make A Living As A Writer by James Scott Bell. You can find it on the Amazon eStore for very cheap and it’s a wonderful read that teaches you all sorts of tips and tricks. Thank you very much everybody and may you all have a very wonderful day.