I have verified it: I can write at 2k words per hour. And the result is actually first draft material that can be revised a few times into a good final draft, I think.
So given a weekend and assuming I can write for five hours, I’ll have 10k words done. That means I am entirely capable of completing an 80k novel this month on the just weekend days of a month—given a few important factors:
- I start out with an outline at least 10 chapters in. Even if I don’t follow it.
- I’ve worked out the characters in advance.
- One character is a loose canon (or as Jung would put it, a shapeshifter) because things just start happening and before I know it I’m typing away and enjoying
- Every scene I sketch out beforehand. This can be done ahead of time, but works even if I do it just before doing the real writing. Often it won’t be followed, but that doesn’t seem to matter.
- Scrivener. Especially the dynamically updating word count for draft and current session. I use 2k sprints these days.
- Dance music that roughly fits various situations in the book. It’s jivey and has energy, plus I usually set my player to repeat a single track so that you get the energy, but it sinks into something akin to background music.
- Dance Dance Revolution. In my case, the one for the Wii. A little exercise seems to do quite a lot.
- Friends to compete with.
I don’t think I could have reached this point without The Great Tea Debacle. Thanks, guys. And all that tea is mine.
We still got a long ways to go, of course. Time to roll up the sleeves and put up Dashing Action Holmes.