When I first started writing, I could slap out a rough draft in 2-3 weeks, a month tops. Hitting a daily word count of 4-5000 words was no problem. (Remember that obsession post from the other day? Yeah, I spent every waking hour writing–aside from work, of course.)
BUT, as I learned the craft, I realized the number of words didn’t really matter if none of them had quality.
So, how did I maximize quality?
- I started outlining.
- I thought carefully about what elements I put in each scene.
- I streamlined dialogue (still working on that one, LOL!).
- I used description carefully (as a means to highlight unique things and also to display my character’s personality by drawing out what they notice).
- I focused less on word count.
- I took more satisfaction in nailing a scene rather than banging out 10 chapters in 1 day.
How do you approach the whole quality versus quantity equation?
Be sure to check out Sarah’s response to her question for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog!