Welcome to the last day of October, 2014. Tomorrow starts my writing season. For some reason, when the days are overcast, windy, rainy, and depressing I like to write. The cold and rain somehow inspires me, although I don’t completely understand why.
Writing can be a lonely profession and a challenging one. There are no real deadlines except those that are self-imposed. When the words don’t come, giving in to watching TV, getting a second, third or fourth cup of coffee or finding an excuse to meet a friend for lunch can suddenly become very attractive.
Speaking only for myself, I write around 5,000 words a day. I break the sessions down to about 1,250 words an hour (my average speed) and work four non-consecutive hours until the final goal is met. In other words, I work an hour and then take a break for an hour. I continue this until my daily goal is met.
The first time around I pound the keys and let the ideas flow. I don’t edit. I keep writing until I have somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 words, depending on the project I have in mind to complete. It’s a process that takes anywhere from five to ten days of steady key pounding.
Next comes the editing part of the process and a start on polishing the final product. This takes more time because the goals are different.
If all goes well, I will produce a book a month from November to the end of February. I may get two books a month out of the process because I try to keep my projects at around 25,000 words.
What do I do from March to November? I find ways to market the end product and collect new ideas that might be interesting to explore when my writing season comes around again.
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