I want to write full novels instead of short stories, and writing a shorter novel in one month is the best I can do; at this point I can’t go any faster. It comes down to writing and editing 2,000 words a day; that’s 7–11 pages a day.
Some people can write faster than that, but I can’t—yet. I think it’s because my subconscious spends too much time ruminating. I need to mull over the story in my head before my fingers touch the keyboard—I think it’s because I need to know where I’m going with the story. Without that, there are so many options to choose from that I don’t know where to go.
I’ve tried doing detailed outlines but I can’t seem to do that without beginning to write. So my outlines are still just guideposts to direct me and then I fill in the outline details as I go along, like frost spreading on a window.
Stephen King writes 2,000 words a day—every day.
With that said, expect Rest Stop Terror on Oct. 15th.