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  1. Good post! When I’m on a creative jag I don’t count the words done each day. It can be depressing. It took a lot of years to get 270,000 words in a year, or more, but I have fun. Blog posts, comments, two to three novels a year. Practice. Just write, and count the words at the end of the year. I think anyone could surprise themselves that way.

  2. 270k a year is rockin’! Not including blog posts, editing, and revising, that tops my entire fiction writing career. 🙂 I’m told the more one writes the easier the words come.

  3. Got that right. I spent years developing those skills. My first novel took a year to write, and two years to edit, and I still have one more edit to go. My second novel took a year to write, and a year and a half to edit.

    Editing, to me, means, putting into a drawer for two months min, before I even look at it again. I spend a month on rewrites, adding to and deleting, and then it goes back into the drawer for another two months, and then back out again, another month or less, back in, back out, back in, and then the final coat of polish. I work alone, with only me to get things right.

    It works. Nobody around me can read with skill, and, I live in the sticks. Walk out the back door and pee, sticks. LOL

    Isolation has its perks.

  4. Writing alone can be tough. Thank goodness for technology. 🙂 Have you read any of the articles by Dean Wesley Smith? http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?page_id=860

    I loved what he had to say about rewriting. That’s my goal for my WIPs.

    *Write the first draft
    *He says to spell check the first draft (For me, I’ll do my pass at editing… make sure it flows the way I want) and send to the readers
    *Make necessary touches based on feedback and either redraft or send it to the next step.


    He mentioned getting in the way of oneself with over editing. I totally agree.

    It took me 2 and 1/2 months to produce the first draft of Shadow Cat. Then I spent the next year refining my writing skills (still in the learning process) which I applied to many editing/revising sessions. Shadow Cat needed a lot of work, definitely, and I needed that time to add tools to my writer’s box. HOWEVER!!!

    What I found over the course of a year is it’s easy to edit the voice right out of a work. A billion and one writing guidelines–every critter has a rule he/she wants to push. Reading the works of others has taught me the writing rules are not gold; there’s beauty in the rawness.

    My second complete novel took a month to write, and it’s rough, I tell ya. ROUGH! 🙂 But you know what? I’ll smooth it out the edges during my upcoming editing session, then I’m sending it off to the critters. Why so much time with Shadow Cat and not with this? Because I didn’t throw the tools out when I finished Shadow Cat. All the skills I learned with my Shadow Cat experience I get to apply with Alley Cat the first time I edit.

    Same thing with my current WIP, Stray Cat. Already the writing is better the first time around, meaning less editing when I get to that stage.

    Then again, I’m not taking on the editing all alone. Having the help of others is invaluable. I found an excellent online community which includes critiquing where I learn as much from critiquing the work of others as I do receiving critiques. I’ve connected with a few individuals who know my style, my weaknesses, and are honest. I trust their advice, though I don’t always apply each and every suggestion. 🙂 Lord knows I frustrate them at times.

    Ramble, ramble. 🙂 Anyway… keep in mind, you don’t have to do it alone.

    So, let’s see… at $0.02 a word? That’ll be $8, please.

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