Welcome to my weekly feature, wherein I discuss writing style of authors, elements of books that are particularly interesting to me, and at times my own writing escapades as I venture into the writing process of my fourth novel. And, as a researching and always-learning aspiring author, I want to hear your opinions on these bits and pieces that make up our beloved paperbacks.
Most of the time I find that in reviews we talk about the feels or the romance or the plot, but here I want to get to the nitty gritty of syntax and devices and whatnot. Mafi’s similes and metaphors? Sanderson’s world building? McGarry’s ability to write three books with the same romantic trope and yet all three books are freaking fantastic? All of that, and more!
When writing novels or blog posts, how do you pace yourself?
So I guess this isn’t specifically about stylistic points of writing, but who cares. My feature, my rules, right? Anyway, today I want to talk about the time you put into your writing, whether it’s your novels/short stories/poetry, or your blog posts. Because of course these things all take time, and I know a lot of bloggers recently (is it a disease? are we all susceptible??) have been feeling burnt out and/or uninspired.
When I was a youngster (think 14-16), I used to be able to write 10K words in a day. A. Day. I don’t even know how that happened, because I was in college at the time too. Did I suddenly find six extra hours in the day? Who knows! Nowadays, being the old fart that I am (a ripe 18.5), I can write about 2K in four hours, and then I’m done. And that 2K is usually the only bit I write in a week. Technically, my goal is this: one chapter per week, due on Sunday. It was a challenge Veronica and I gave each other, and it’s been working pretty well so far for me.
I know there are so many different ideas to how to approach writing (the most common being dedicate one hour per day no matter what), but that just doesn’t work for me. The book I’m writing right now is very emotional, and the chapters are like isolated events. So once I finish the chapter, I can release the emotion, but if I have to stop in the middle of a chapter, it’s like I leave half my brain in novel land. Seriously – ask my mom. I had to stop halfway through last week, and I was completely useless till I got home and wrote the last 500 words. The same goes with my blogging: I have a schedule that I generally stick to, and it works really well for me because I get a short, big burst of posts written and scheduled, then I can breathe for a day or so.
So while I may not be the most prolific writer right now, I’m at least writing. And I think that’s the main goal here, yeah?
Opinion time! How often do you think an author should write? How do you pace yourself, either in novel writing or blog post scheduling?