Sooo…finally started working on my next book yesterday. I was able to bang out 1,250 words, which is not a bad start. I’m not sure if I particularly like what I wrote, but that is what revision is for.
To give you all an idea of my writing life cycle it goes something like this:
Pages 1-30ish: I feel like I’m five and learning to ride a bike without training wheels again. There is lots of swerving and crashing, plus some scabby knees and elbows.
Pages 31 – 99: I get into a grove and the story really starts to come together. Characters have their own voices. I know where the story is heading.
Page 100: I hate the book and this is the point where I will come the closest to giving up on the project (yes it is always page 100, I don’t know why). This will last about a week, where I generally don’t get much writing accomplished.
Pages 101 – 175ish: I tentatively weave my way through the middle of story. I start to pick up some steam, but writing is still a bit difficult. I can maybe see the light at the end of the tunnel (note these are also the pages that I have to most heavily edit after Claire reads them).
Pages 176 – 250ish: This will generally be my best writing. I am not flying along, but the writing is coming easy. I will have a few really great chapters that make me feel like I might actually be able to do this for a living (then I will also have a day or two where everything is shit…its the way I role).
Pages 251 – 350ish: The end is near and my output goes through the roof. I have been know to bang out 5,000+ words in a sitting (20+ pages) as I near the end of a story.
I have written 3 novels that have made it to a final draft plus a fourth that never made it past the first draft, but every single time this is pattern that I follow. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.
I try for 6,250 words a week and am shooting for a 100,000 word novel…if my math is correct that will take roughly 16 weeks, but hopefully I will be able to exceed 6,250 a few times and cut that number down. I will keep you posted as I go along.
Wish me luck!