Thursday, July 14, 2011

How do you write?

When I'm doing a first draft, I make sure I write at least 1000 words a day, every day, until it's done. I'm a huge plotter, rather than a pantster, so I have a detailed idea of where each scene is going before I start it, and I almost always write scenes in order. How about you? Do you have a writing schedule, and how do you do it?


Mflick1 said...

I am jealous of you plotters out there... I am a panster. I never know quite where my story is can be frustrating. But because of my panster style, I write a scene, full scene in all it's error filled glory, and then I don't look at it for awhile, like a week and then I go back in and fix it up. I get on a rotation, where I have enough scenes that need to be fixed up, so I fix one scene a day and write one scene a day... (typically :) )

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Nice schedule! I had a pantster experience a few years ago, when my characters hijacked the story in Adversary. About 2/3rds of the way through, they basically said, "Hey, this guy's gotta go! We're not hanging out with him after what he did!" So I had to completely change the ending, since the character in question was supposed to play a big role in it.

LS Murphy said...

For a first draft I usually write about 1,000 words a day, but I usually take Saturdays off for a break. Sometimes I plot, sometimes I don't. It just depends on the story. I fix everything on the second draft, when I retype the entire manuscript from beginning to end.

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

Like you, I try to stick to the 1,000 words per day rule. Since I set that as my minimum, I feel super confident if I go above it (which I usually do). I find that if I set my goal at a realistic level (which for me is 1,000 words), then I feel like a superhero for reaching it and am then inspired to keep going. My record is 3,200 in one day but probably only 12 of those words were salvagable. LOL

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