I’m continuing with the daily writing goal. (I’m still not able to say what the project is, but it’s safe to mention that it’s a book based on a popular TV show.) The deadline is dreadfully tight, and to finish 80,000 words, I need to write 1,150 words per day until early June.
So far it’s working very well. I’ve met the daily goal, and then I stop. It’s great, in fact. If I really buckle down, the writing takes about two hours, and then I’m done for the day. I’m seeing that when I have a word count to shoot for, I’m more focused and able to tell the story more briskly. The only disadvantage is that when I write something I don’t like and should delete, I hesitate. Those words are lost for today’s count! But that’s part of the process.
I like this method so much that I’m going to try it with other projects. I’m already known as a fast writer, but this will speed things up even more. I’ll be able to write a book in three months easily, then take time with rewrites and finish it in six. I should point out, however, that the reason for this speed is that I always have an extensive, detailed outline of what’s going to happen, so I never have to stop and figure out a plot point. So I’m never quite as fast as it looks–I’ve already got the book plotted by the time I start on the actual prose. My 1,150 words per day method won’t work until I have a synopsis completed, but that’s fine–a synopsis rarely takes me more than a month.
Now it’s back to the book . . .
–Steven Harper Piziks