Writing Routines: What’s Your’s

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How quickly do you write? I mean how long does it take you to move from the beginning of a writing project, through revisions to the final draft?

As I mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones series (I’ve yet to read the books). Now, it’s been said that author George R.R. Martin is a notoriously slow writer. For those fans waiting for the final two books of the GoT series to be released it’s gotta be frustrating. I don’t know what his writing routine is like. I’m learning that I’m a slow writer.

My friend Elena Dillon is working on her third novel and plans to have it completed within a four month window. That amazes me. Seriously, I’m in awe of this woman. She told me with each book she’s gotten faster and it becomes easier. I sure hope so.

Recently my writing routine has faced the usual bumps. I have to take into account that I’ll have days when I’m in too much pain to write. But, I’m also learning there are days when I need to mull. Before I really understood this phenomena I’d sometimes go days without writing. Not a good thing when you’ve set deadlines.

Now I’ve learned to mull while I’m doing menial chores. I’ll get stuck on a scene so I’ll go clean the bathroom and think about the characters, where they’ve been and where I need them to be. I avoid the thing that’s holding me up and think around it. Sometimes I’ll be ready to write once the bathroom is clean, other times I’ll have to find something else to do.

My latest trick is to write poetry on the weekends. I’ll start with an idea on Saturday and by Sunday evening have a draft ready for a friend to read and critique. It’s been eye-opening. I’ve found that using my creativity on a short project, unrelated to my novel refreshes me. When Monday rolls around I’m ready to put more words into my novel’s second draft.

Maybe I’ll get faster as I move from project to project. But for now I’ll accept that I’m a slow writer.

Tell me what your writing routine is like. Are you fast or slow? Do you need breaks?

  • I find that poetry or small side-projects refresh my creativity, too. I’m a pretty fast drafter, but I like to have quite a bit planned and plotted before I jump in. I don’t know if the actual drafting has gotten easier for me, but the lessons I’ve learned with each book have made revisions easier, as I make the same mistakes less each time.

    • I did the first draft in about six months, but the second draft isn’t going as quickly. I need more time to mull things over this go-round.

  • I find that poetry or small side-projects refresh my creativity, too. I’m a pretty fast drafter, but I like to have quite a bit planned and plotted before I jump in. I don’t know if the actual drafting has gotten easier for me, but the lessons I’ve learned with each book have made revisions easier, as I make the same mistakes less each time.

    • I did the first draft in about six months, but the second draft isn’t going as quickly. I need more time to mull things over this go-round.