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A Post About Writing Speed

Today's post, "Writing at Your Own Pace," can be found at http://magicalwords.net.  Visit the site and enjoy!

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hedwig_snowy
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Curious about the writing schedule (and feel free to completely ignore any and all of these questions but your post brought up some questions I have had about how a writer writes):

You say you write a book in six months and they come out once a year. So, how much time do you take to lay out an outline, how extensive is that for the first book in a series and then for successive books in a series? Is the outline time less for books 2,3, etc...

Has the process, anywhere along the writing timeline, become easier with time? Sort of like study skills in school that become progressively better as you find what works best for you. Has any part of the process become more difficult?

Although really, someone should explain to some fantasy writers about taking a bit too much time in between books, present company accepted. :)
davidbcoe
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in responding. Your question about outlining time is a good one, and seems to have something to do with the fact that while I am now writing books in about 6 months, I'm not publishing two a year. Part of this is because of the answer to your third question. I've become a much faster writer in recent years, and because of the lag time in publishing (due to editing, copyediting, art department needs, marketing, fitting books into publishing schedules, etc.) can make it take a year or more from the time a book is submitted to the time it's published. I'm writing faster now, but that is not yet reflected in more published novels. Also I used the four months between finishing the second book of Blood of the Southlands and starting the third book of the series to do other things. I completely revamped my website, I started blogging and blogged pretty intensely those early days, I did the worldbuilding, research, and other background work for the next project I intend to write, I wrote two short stories, and I rewrote the novel I've been trying to resell (the one I blogged about a couple of weeks ago). I also spent some time on photography, my other passion, including preparing for my first one-man photo exhibit. So while I can write a book in 6 months, that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm writing two books a year.

I do tend to outline more for the first book in a series, since I invariably stray from outlines and those changes will render an early outline for subsequent books pretty much useless. The outline process can take anywhere from a day or two to several weeks, depending on the book and how much research and worldbuilding I still need to do.

As for things that have gotten harder over the years, I can't really think of any. I believe I've become a better writer, a faster writing, a more efficient writer over the years. And I believe that I'm still improving.

Hope this is helpful.
hedwig_snowy
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for all of that.

Yes, I was interested to know about outlines because that, just like in most writing for me, is where a great deal of difficulty would lie. Always hardest for me to come up with an idea than to sit down and put words down for an already outlined idea.

Now, it might be somewhat easier to create an outline not just for a continuation in a series rather than an original idea (same thing probably when creating the outline for Southlands vs the original concept for Forelands). But that's what I was getting at. And the timeline info.

Thanks again for the insights. :)
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