writing

Word Count Worries

I think I was a bit spoiled by my writing of the book Seer.  The story wanted to be told and so, the words just flowed out of me with ease.  I was averaging 2k-3k words per day and finished the book in the span of two months.  Most books aren’t like that.  Most books are surly teenagers in the morning who don’t want to get out of bed to go to school.  You have to plead, cajole, and sometimes threaten to make any headway.

I have been holding myself to the standard of 1k words a day, but I’m thinking I might want to back that down to 500 words per day.  I want what I write to be quality.  If all I’m focused on is the quantity, the quality will likely zoom down the toilet.  500 words is still a decent pace, in my mind.  At that pace I could write two books per year (counting on the fact that some days I will write more so I have time for the editing process).

One of the things I’ve always had a hard time with in my writing is the internal dialogue.  Those moments where a character vaguely stares off into the in-between and thinks.  One of the reasons I am fairly certain I could turn Seer into two books is because there isn’t a lot of introspection.  It’s mostly action after action, with no time to reflect.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me a fast paced book, but I think it’s important to see more than that in a novel.  I’m reading as much as possible in the hopes that, through osmosis, I will learn how to be a better writer.

That’s how it works, right?

Bye for now!

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