I am not what you would call a particularly fast writer. I have always been more about quality, ruminating, and yes, daydreaming.
I consider myself an artist, but writing for a living is often about just cranking stuff out. Most of the full-time authors I know deal not just in quality, but in quantity–I mean even if you have a bestseller on your hands, the money is spread out over a long time, the publishing cycle (and therefore the frequency with which you get checks) takes years, agents take their well-deserved cuts.
You have to have several books in the works at one time, all the time.
Anyway, I used to really pat myself on the back for averaging maybe a page of quality work a day, rewarding myself with wine, men, song and Felicity marathons for any day I reached five hundred words.
Then I fell in with a fast crowd, people who write a thousand words before breakfast and then come home from their day jobs and write a thousand more. They got me into NaNoWriMo where you’re expected to write 200 pages in a month.
They introduced me to Dr. Wicked. His Write or Die is hard-core. It’s for people who like punishment with their prose and really, all writers are masochists, so it’s a natural fit.
I set my ‘Consequences’ to Kamikaze and my ‘Grace Period’ to Strict, so that if I pause at all in my 20 minute session my screen goes pink, then red, then it starts to delete my previous work. You have to keep going or perish.
I wrote 2500 words yesterday and I’m never going back to my cushy ways.
[hilarious BDSM joke pending]
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