In the name of all the werdz we hold dear, could you please unpack this part: ["pulling] the words out of my head that fast." Beyond habit and lots of practice. I suspect it has a lot to do with your time as an editor and mastering structure and the art of plot. Right? Wrong?It's fiction. A serial. I have only ever written one series and right now I'm retinas deep into the project. Around 14m words. I type fast. Around 155 wpm on a keyboard. 88 wpm on my phone. But typing fast means nothing if I can't pull the words out of my head that fast. I usually average about 6k an hour, give or take and only write between 4am to 8am everyday. I was a developmental editor for a really big video game company and I handled all the franchises' third party novels. Between quest design and quest text, story elements, cinematics and visuals, there was a point where I was writing on average 500k a month. During crunch time and deadlines, there was a point where I was writing a million words a month for six months straight. When I left, I just kept up the habit up. Got tired of making other people New York Times bestselling authors and wanted to do it for myself lol.
The initial books were a trilogy. It started off as litfic before bleeding into magical realism and then finally hemorrhaging specfic. Everything after that continues onto my app where I publish serially. All specfic. I jump and bend genres. I've designed my series so that any idea I come up with can easily be implemented into my story. Book (x) can be a space opera, the next could be a technothriller, after that a romance, it doesn't matter. Characters first, genre last.BGArcher said:What genre out of curiosity, if you don't mind sharing. And how fast do you edit?
So, when I said I type 155 wpm, that equates to 9300 words per hour. But typing fast and thinking fast are not one in the same. It doesn't matter how fast I type if I can't think and pull the words out of my head at 9300 words per hour, which is why I average about 6k per hour due to having to "think." My time as a developmental editor does help. I see structure and pacing everywhere. It was my job to master both. For myself and for others.ThirdWish said:In the name of all the werdz we hold dear, could you please unpack this part: ["pulling] the words out of my head that fast." Beyond habit and lots of practice. I suspect it has a lot to do with your time as an editor and mastering structure and the art of plot. Right? Wrong?
Because I also love how Amanda often points to beliefs about how much we can produce as being just that--beliefs and artificial limitations. The kind of production you're talking about smashes more barriers.
ThanksWriting's a muscle, it's no different than going to the gym everyday. You can't look at someone who has a bodybuilder aesthetic and not understand that they're in the gym everyday and their diets are beyond strict. No matter what angle you try to look at it, there is no easy way, it's just hard work. Writing's no different. It helps that I'm at a point in my series where I don't have to constantly world build and come up with new magic systems and that my characters are completely rooted in their personalities. I'm in a constant state of flow because I don't have to stop and think, "How are the characters going to react in this situation?" "What is this place and how does it throw a wrench into my game plan?" I was never really a fan of starting new series so that's why I built just one. I didn't want to start from zero lol, so I figured out a way to implement any new "shiny object syndrome" idea that may potentially cross my path.