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How fast do you write?

I'm working on another fanfic (yes, amarissia, *THAT* one...) and it got me to wondering: how fast do you write?

I'm up to 4662 words now and have been working on this for at least 3 or 4 hours. I do think about wording and even do small revisions while I'm writing.

Ok, I also have to deal with work-related stuff in between. And do the usual - get tea, go to the bathroom, etc.

But still. I'm definitely not done yet and probably have at least another hour or so of writing ahead of me. And that set me to wondering:

how much time do *you* need for your fics?



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Jul. 14th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
*evil snickering in Angeal's direction*

So much time. So very much time. *headkeyboard* I just need more willpower, I think. Last night I managed to write a whole page and a half before my brain shut down.
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
hrhrhrhr... He's definitely *not* going to like this...

*ponders whether she should go into excruciating detail - or gloss over some of the parts...*

Nope. It's not a willpower thing, I think. It's inspiration. Ok. It's also a lot of sweat and tears and rewriting and so on. But if it doesn't flow at least a *little* bit, it doesn't go *anywhere*!

A whole page and a half! That's great!
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
It depends. When I used to write on a regular basis I could crank out 5-7 thousand words during a three hour stint at the bookstore cafe, especially if it was something I was really into. Of course now I write a paragraph over days and feel like I've accomplished something :P
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Wow! That much? I think I type too slow... >.>

I have days where I keep rewriting the same sentence over and over again, because it's just not working. But I'm trying very hard to just *keep* writing. No matter what. Which is why I let the muse run away with that totally abstruse idea that I'm currently working on... >.>

I wanted to see if I could make something out of the thought.
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I write very quickly... when I'm actually writing. Unfortunately, the vast majority of my time is spent simply sitting in front of my computer visualizing and not being able to put it into words. It's completely sporadic. I can put down 2k words in an hour and then spend another 3 days not being able to come up with the next line.

I wish I had the patience and talent to express my ideas visually, but I do not. I may not enjoy writing, but at least my shaky, arthritic hands can't sabotage my works when I'm just wrangling words. XD

Considering how much distraction you seem to be dealing with, I'd say you're writing at a pretty darned good clip. Keep it up, I can't wait for your next piece. ^.^
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I do have days when it really flows. And my fingers start hurting (I've got arthritis in the top fingerjoints... *sigh* so I know how you feel) but I keep going because it's just flowing and I don't want to jinx it.

And then, just like you, I sit there and try and try and rewrite the same sentence again and again until I finally give up.

You write great! I love your fics! :) Always so visual and evocative. :)

I know all about the visual thing. I so wish I could draw, because I *see* the stories, rather than hear them. >.>

Ok. If you think I'm doing ok time-wise, then I'll get right back to it... This one is kind of... wierd, though...
Jul. 15th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
From the comments, I'm guessing Angeal is in for a rough time. That's just dandy with me. I am all for some Angeal torture. He doesn't get it enough. x3
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
Well, it's not so much *rough*, as... wierd. >.>
Jul. 14th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
That's one of those things. If I'm really inspired I can crank out 10k in a night. If I'm fighting it, 250 words is work.

Last night, it was a good night, so I managed about 19k. Two chapters, more or less. But there have been times when it took me a week to get out a 2,000 word promise.

So, there you have it. the weirdness that is Yanagi.
Jul. 14th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
19k! O.O

Wow! That's... a lot of words! ^___^;

But I know what you mean. Sometimes it just *flows*. And then it's slower than molasses from the freezer.

So I guess there's no real right answer. When the muse sings, we type our hands off. When he's silent, we tear our hair out in frustration.


Nope, not wierd at all. :) Sounds like normal to me... ^___^
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Jul. 14th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Wow! I tried NaNo, but never managed to finish. Last year I *almost* made it - was missing only about 5000 words... *sigh* But then again, I'd started in the middle of the month, so I didn't really have as much time as I should have.

8000! That's so cool!

Ok. I think I've done school assignments in one go - but that's... a while back. >.> I don't remember what I wrote back then. But that was in the time before PCs... using only a typewriter... *shudders*

But 50,000! That is *sooo* cool! :)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Chel there stole my thunder. But yeah, I sat down and wrote a little over 14k words in one day once... It was not my friend afterwards, and I probably still owe my Angeal muse for sticking with me for that long.

Normally, though, it totally depends. I usually write around ~1k an hour when I sit down and write write... But sometimes am capable of getting out short, 400 word drabble type things in 10 to 15 minutes.

(Ohoh. Your fic sounds exciting, just from <lj user="amarissia"'s comment up there. X3 )
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
14k! I'm still amazed! Could you move your fingers anymore after that? I think mine would have killed me.

1k an hour. Yes, that sounds 'normal'. I can manage that when I'm inspired. But sometimes it just... *draaaaags* and I can't get even 100 words done. >.<

But I seem to be in good shape where my speed is concerned, from all I've gathered so far.

Weeeell... the fic is done (I think - unless I go back and make it more evil... though... I could do that in the *next* one, couldn't I?... *ponders*). I'm not sure about posting it, though. I'll wait for amarissia's verdict...
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I had no desire to write ever again ever. It still hasn't really come back to me for anything over 1k words.

That does sound pretty standard to me.

Aw, you've made me curious. I love me some evil Angeal wouldn't like...
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I can imagine!

Most of my 'short' fics turn out to be *much* longer than I thought they would be. Maybe because the guys usually insist on having some kind of *story* around their smut... ^___^;

Great! Then I seem to be doing ok... :)

*cough* Well... you see... it's kind of squevil... (squicky and evil)


The pairing is Pres. ShinRa x Angeal. And it's dub/non-con...

You *sure* you want to read that one?
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Porn with plot? Nonsense! Yeeah, that happens a lot to me too, unless I'm filling kink meme prompts.

YES. ...No. Yes. Maybe. Oh god.

I'm so torn between Eww President ShinRa and Oh, fic involving Angeal written by someone whose fics I like plus dub/noncon.
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Even when trying to just fill a prompt, I end up with plot... *gg*

Soooo... Yes or no?

If yes, then I need your email - I have it as a WORD document... :)
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
I--I-- mira-saurus@hotmail.com
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
One fic, squeezing its way through cyberspace as we type... *gg*
Jul. 15th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Waaaaaaah! All so speedy! I go at about half your speed - 1K in an hour if I'm really pushing it =(
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
1k an hour is *great*! It really does depend on my muse. If s/he's not inspired, I'm not getting anything done. But if s/he is, then I can type and type and type - until my fingers start to hurt. :) Then I have to stop, or I'll have a miserable night... >.>
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Once I get into the action, the mood takes over and I just go till it seems right to break. (Since you know the type of fic I'm good at, you know what I mean.) My problem is since I've just dabbled at this, I haven't learned to break my very long-term story plan into smaller segments. I have to learn to wind up things and then maybe do a sequel or two.
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me. Thought I was logged in here.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: oops

I've done that, too... Comment and then realize that Firefox had logged me out since the last time I was on... ^___^

I do that, too, when I have the chance. Just keep writing as long as the muse is willing to talk to me. But when I break, then I sometimes have trouble getting back *into* that mode... >.>
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Do we really have to talk about that... >_>
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)

You mean, I should have changed that to "how many *days*"? Or maybe... how many *months*? ;P
Jul. 16th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hell... some days I feel accomplished if I go in, reread the last few paragraphs I wrote, and change a word or two. *sigh*
Jul. 16th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have times like that, too. >.<

Or when I sit and stare at the previous paragraph and *know* I should continue on and just *nothing* is willing to come to the forefront of my brain to be put into words... *pffft*
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