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Dean Koontz on Daily Writing...

Postby Anblick » Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:55 pm

I was perusing Dean Koontz's site and found a 10 Questions page where he addresses "daily writing time" vs "daily wordcount":

Question #4
I read that you write seven days a week, ten hours per day. Is that true? As a new writer, I go more for word count rather than time. My current goal is 2,000 words each day, Monday through Friday. -Todd (who does 2,000 words a day but couldn't favor us with just one more word, so we'd know either his city or state.)

I get up at six each morning. If it's my turn to walk and brush the dog, I don't get to the keyboard until 8:00. If it's Gerda turn to walk and brush the dog, I'm working by 7:00. If it's the dog's turn to walk and brush both Gerda and me, I get to work somewhat later. I write through the day, until 5:00 or 6:00, without lunch because lunch is for sissies. I try to work only five days but usually end up at the keyboard for six, if not always for a full day on the sixth. If a deadline is fast approaching and I'm having trouble getting the end of the book right, I will go to seven days until it's done. Some days, those hours will leave me with 2,000 words; other days with 200. I'm afraid that aiming for a certain number of words each day would encourage me to bloat the story, like: The tall sad-looking awkward man in the handsome blue suit entered the enormous room and took a deep breath, very deep, almost too deep-Lordy, how deep!-and then let it out with a long sigh of poignant regret. I spend probably half my time revising to trim words, condense language, while enhancing the visual quality of the prose, so if a day gives me only 200 words but they're the right 200, I'm still happy.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:55 am

Well, he's got that right. Adjectives are the enemy, if used indiscriminately. There's always a better word that won't need one.
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Postby hyperfine » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:16 pm

Yeah, I sometimes just run up my wordcounts for no reason.

Like I'll be thinking, "Don't really know what to say next. Hey, I can describe everyone's hair style."
Me fail English? That's unpossible!

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