Writer Tess Gerritsen’s Speed

What’s your speed?

Now, this may have something to do with my chaotic process. I don’t outline, I don’t plan ahead. I plunge into a first draft and it goes all over the place and it ends up a mess. Which means I have to spend the next five months cleaning it up. Oh, if I could just have a logical system with notecards that summarize every chapter ahead of time. If only I could approach it like an engineer with a blueprint. But even if I could do it that way, I think I’d still be writing only a book a year. Because of that natural rhythm thing again. I write four pages a day and I’m bushed. Whether those four pages are good or bad, they exhaust me.

And I have to wander off and make a martini to recover.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I know some writers like to use word counts for each day. I don’t know how they can manage that. It seems like sending yards of words off a bizarre loom.

When the words come slowly or are not happening at all, I don’t see how a damn daily word quota can help.

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One response to “Writer Tess Gerritsen’s Speed

  1. I’d have bolded that last single-line paragraph. ;-)

    I’m with you on the word count thing. Yet, I know that works for some writers, which is great for them.

    Me? I’m off to clean house. And when I’m willingly going to clean (beyond the standard chores), that means I’m not making words.

    Then maybe I’ll have that martini! ;-)

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