Tuesday, 21 April 2009

My brain is a gas tank.

So I'm all interested in your writing speed.

As in, how much do you do it?

I've noticed through this last book that I work in 'chapter' amounts. Most of my chapters before FS2.5 were short - 1k, 1,5k, thereabouts. With FS2.5 the nature of the beast was a little bigger, so I averaged about 2k a chapter (we shall see if this remains for edits).

It seems as though I have a gas tank for a brain. It thinks about two or three scenes ahead and I write until it empties. Then it needs to think again.

So, in a way, working full time and writing on the side is perfect. I have enough time to get my gas tank emptied, and work, and write again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So you? What's your standard amount you can get done in a day?
(Head on over to my buddy Ello and wish her a Happy Ello-BDAY! Let's spread the love, shall we?)


Benjamin Stürmer said...

I've been working on switching my blog over to more of a column format, and (based on a systematic analysis of three Dave Barry columns) chosen 850 words as my target. I seem to be able to write that in one sitting, and edit it in two more sessions. The first one, by the way, should be showing up this Friday, so go check it out! :)

I have the gas-tank experience, as well. I usually have one or two ideas brewing in my mind, and at some point they are ripe, and I harvest them, and then wait for inspiration to hit me for the next one.

Ello said...

Hey I love the gas tank analogy!!! But I think mine leaks. You know I think I've got 1K in me but I putter out at about 500. stupid old gas tank.

And thanks for the early wishes! I is so happy!

Heidi said...

I love the gas tank analogy. I'd never have come up with that, but it's a perfect illustration for what I do.

I get scenes in my head, full of dialog and setting and mood and plot and character and I can hardly get it all down... and then when that scene is gone, I have to stop and mull over where the next scene is going to be and what will happen.

It may cover one chapter or several, or sometimes only a few pages. But it flows directly by scene.

Heidi the Hick said...

Hmmm... I don't know... Once I get the ol Model T cranked over there's no telling how far it'll go...

It depends on so many things. I don't think I ever write for the same amount of time in consecutive days.

bryngreenwood said...

My analogy is "little Dutch boy with finger in dike." My brain is sloshy-full of words and ideas.

Basically, I pull my finger out of the retaining wall and let as many words spill out on the page as I have time to write or type. Then I plug it back up.

Kerri said...

For me, it depends on the amount of time I have. That's why I have notes scattered amongst my writing notebooks. Some are sentences, some are words.

marsh to the fore said...

I've just been thinking this through today so this is what I would call right on the money. You've caught me right where I live today. I guess, today, I probably wrote a thousand words, counting the blog piece and another chapter in RUN but I've been dealing with some stuff so the rest of the week Nada. I do love the gas tank analogy, except I don't know as that's how I do it. Hmmmm. More like subconscious tingling which sends little thoughts whirling into my brain which then circulate awhile and then I say What The Hell does that mean? When I figure that out I write but often I don't know what I'm going to write until I write it.

I wonder if others of us get that subconscious tingling?

Patti said...

When I was writing my book, sometimes I could write a chaper in a couple of days (about 20 pages). I've since cut my chapter sizes down so I think I could write faster than that if I put my mind to it.