Holly Black did it her way, fit it into her very busy schedule, and didn't do anything superhuman to accomplish it. Her daily writing is far less than you'd think.I think it's a fantastic breakdown and proves that you don;t need to sacrifice your life for your writing, and that even a few hundred words a day can get you to your goal.
So, what's your process like? Are you a daily writer, a weekend writer, a when I feel like it writer?
This is Holly's process.
How I Wrote BLACK HEART
So, with WHITE CAT out in paperback and the RED GLOVE release just around the corner, I thought I would talk about the book I just finished a draft of, BLACK HEART, and how much I actually wrote -- and when -- to get it done.
I didn't track my word count until about a year ago. Before that, I gave myself goals in chapters (or percentages thereof). But when I was in Mexico last year, writing a big chunk of RED GLOVE, I gave myself the goal of 1K a day. For some writers, that might not be much of a goal, but for me, it seemed like a lot. (I know people who can write 10,000 words in a single day and writers who do a consistent 350 words every day -- whatever works!)
This year, I logged my word count as I wrote the whole book, from beginning to end. It was very interesting to see -- specifically how much traveling and other stuff ate up writing time. And after the draft was done, I promised myself that, no matter how embarrassing, I would post what I discovered about my habits.
Read the full post here.