I am three chapters in to book 3. It doesn't have a title yet but it's at about 4,000 words since I started on it today. I've been procrastinating for weeks so it feels good to get the pages done. 5k is a good day for me, but it's not uncommon either. I've started entertaining the idea of working on two books at once.
Compared to many other writers I speak to, this is pretty prolific progress. The Mirrored City was finished in about three and a half months. If I keep my speed up, book 3 will be out in late 2015/early 2016.
So what's my secret? I don't know. I've always been fast at things.
Some things spring to mind though...
Trust yourself. I think self-doubt is the biggest obstacle to productivity. This is very hard, especially with a first book. Now that I've been through an editing process and gotten some feedback, I'm much more confident in what I put down on the page.
It doesn't have to be perfect. There are bad parts of even great books. (Harry Potter is a great read but Hermione's whole thing with S.P.E.W.? Yeah whatever.) People look at the whole story, remember the parts they liked and hopefully put up with the parts they don't. My goal is to be "good enough".
Give your first book permission to suck. Just write it like no one will ever read it. It's a liberating experience and you can feel free to try new things.
Write. You do not become a better writer by revising and editing. That's a whole other skill set and ideally done by someone who isn't the author of the original work. I spend the majority of my time on a book putting down new words, rather than reworking old ones.
Writers Block. This is usually a sign that I don't want to tell a story a certain way or that I've gotten off track. I may have painted myself into a corner or spent too much time on something irrelevant. Usually if I back up and delete some stuff then I find the writing flows much smoother.
Part of it helps that I have nothing else to do. When I write it's for multi hour stretches. When I don't write it's for multiple days, but I'm always thinking about the book. The Queen of Lies final draft took me six months when I had a full time job.
It's not impossible to write two or three books a year. But not everyone has the same process. There's no "right way" to write a book. This process works pretty well for me. I'm not a perfectionist to start out with and I have a talent for creating scenes in my mind.
The biggest way to not write a book is to let yourself stress out over all the little things. (That's what editors are for).
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