How I Write

Everyone has a different method of writing their books. Some people write as they plot: on the fly. Some people write so many words a day, week or month. Whatever works for you is your right way; there isn’t a wrong way to write – unless you’re leaving a blank page.

” I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book — something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale is done well and stays fresh. ” Stephen King, On Writing.

“I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” Nora Roberts

I aim for 2000 words a day during the week, and I give myself the weekend off. Do I usually accomplish that? Unfortunately, no. But by giving myself a steady goal, I have some to reach for.

I’ve been tracking my work on Seasong on a daily basis. One day, I wrote just over 10 words. Another day, I wrote over 4000. I’m still finishing it up, but on average, I write around 1500 a day – not bad for having a daily goal of 2000.

I have a Word Count Tracker spreadsheet that I use to tally my daily writings and edits. Everything that I’m currently working on is in there – from Warped to Reclaiming Verity. Some, like Seasong and Verity, I’m using to keep track of my writing goals. Others, like Shattered, I’m using to keep track of my editing; Shattered is bloated since I took combined two 50-70k novels to make one cohesive book. Using my spreadsheet, I can see how close I am to my goal of 100000. That is a random number, but it’s something that I should be able to reach.

If you’re interested, the link to a copyable version of my Word Count Tracker is below. It’s not something of my own creation. On one of the many groups I’m part of, someone posted something similar, and I edited to my own preference. I separated the daily beginning and ending counts, and it will self-tally. I also added the weekly trackers.

Something I try not to do while I’m writing is edit the same book I’m writing. I’ll go back and edit some changes that will make a difference to the book (small plot points that I’ve realized need clarified, adding a few important details etc), but I mostly leave the editing to after I’ve finished the first draft. To me, it’s important to get my words out on the page before I go and change them.

I love Nora Robert’s writing routine:

How do you write? How do you get your ideas from your brain down onto the page?


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  1. I have such a weird, intuitive way of writing. I plot out the whole book, scrupulously, in advance. Then, every day, I write the section that best reflects my emotions at the time. Dark mood, dark chapter! Do you write in order or do you tend to jump around?


    1. When I’m writing my first draft, I definitely write in order. When I edit, I can jump around. I’ve found that if I try to jump around while I’m doing the first draft, things don’t always line up how I envision – usually because I don’t plot in detail. When that happens, a lot of edits need to be made to make sure each section flows smoothly.


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