Friday, November 30, 2012
Writing: How Much Time...
My friend and mentor, James Scott Bell, is one of those writers who writes to a quota. Here's how Jim handles it:
"Sometimes I get my quota done in the morning. Then I cruise the rest
of the day, writing more if I feel like it, or doing other things,
like editing, running my self-publishing business, or research and so
"Other days, it's like playing tennis in the La Brea tar pits. It can
take me a lot longer to get the quota in. But I fight through to get
"On rare occasions I just go, Forget it! Not worth it today! And then I
make up the words the next day.
"If I were to estimate an average, I'd say it takes me 2-3 hours to do my quota."
Thanks, Jim. Incidentally (and this is unsolicited), Jim's books, both fiction and those on writing are excellent. I especially recommend Plot and Structure, wherein he details his LOCK system.
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