I’m a big believer in the idea of ‘write first: ask questions later’.
I think you can waste a whole load of life waiting for the magic inspiration fairy to come and sprinkle magic dust on your earthy prose to turn it into gold. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that some days you wake up ‘in the zone’ and the words pour out and before you’ve had chance to check a watch or a word count you’ve written 2k and it’s great. Days like that do happen, but for me they’re few and far between.
So I try every day to grind out 500 words. Whatever the quality. Bang ’em down and fix it in the edit. I reckon that’s got to be the only way to make a living out of this. That and it being good enough for you lot to buy and recommend.
The challenge is, with the crazy life in our house (I know! I can hear you all. “Everyone says that!”) even trying to batter out 500 words at a sitting is a big ask. So I have a proposal: super micro writing.
It seems to be the only way to make a word count every day. Keep the laptop plugged in and running, then while your sat down (if ever) batter out fifty words, or ten even. Anything to keep the words creeping along, one in front of the other. Do that ten times in a day and that’s your word count. At the end of the day if you’ve got another hundred or so to do to catch up before bed it feels do-able.
It might make the edit trickier. I’ll let you know in the next couple of months! Watch this space.
In the meantime, if you’ve not got a copy of Dark yet, or you’re trying to persuade recalcitrant mates to read it, it’s up for free with loads of other SFF stuff this week on #instafreebie. Catch it on the link here: