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Bubastes
05-16-2008, 05:36 PM
I'm curious to see the various paces people have when writing their first drafts. How long does it take you to write 1000 words? Do you type or write longhand?

KikiteNeko
05-16-2008, 05:41 PM
I type. And it depends. In college I had to write boring essays about things I didn't really care about (books I didn't like, or topics I just didn't care for) and I banged out 1.5-2K in an hour, easy, with breaks.

But with my novel, I tend to go back as I'm writing and delete/change things, which changes my word count constantly. So it's hard to say. Sometimes it takes an hour, sometimes it takes two or three. I remember one time sitting on my butt for six solid hours and writing 5K without a break, and I was so amazingly happy with what I'd written it was astounding.

maestrowork
05-16-2008, 05:43 PM
Well, if I'm really inspired, probably about an hour. I don't usually just bang out words. I have to think about what go on paper/computer file. I don't write longhand.

Siddow
05-16-2008, 05:52 PM
Anywhere between 20 minutes and two years. I type.

Phaeal
05-16-2008, 05:59 PM
3-5 hours, on computer, making immediate revisions along the way.

James81
05-16-2008, 06:00 PM
If the words are flowing I can have 1000 words in 15 minutes.

It's all a matter of how quickly the ideas are coming to me. Sometimes it's really fast and I'll have 1000 words in 15 minutes. And sometimes it'll take me an hour to write 1000 words.

WendyNYC
05-16-2008, 06:05 PM
It can take a couple of hours. I want my word choice and sentence structure to, well, not be perfect, but to have a good start so I won't need as many revisions.

Don't throw rocks at me, but right now I write it longhand and type it in later (I type quickly). That will change as soon as I get my laptop. I just hate composing at my desk.

Bubastes
05-16-2008, 06:08 PM
Don't throw rocks at me, but right now I write it longhand and type it in later (I type quickly). That will change as soon as I get my laptop. I just hate composing at my desk.

Why would anyone throw rocks at you? I've tried different processes and found that I do my best work when I write my first drafts longhand. I go through fewer revisions this way. I revise as I transcribe, so the first draft in the computer is essentially a second draft.

melaniehoo
05-16-2008, 06:19 PM
Roughly an hour. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

Angelinity
05-16-2008, 06:47 PM
i spent a whole evening on a 60-word paragraph in March -- that was a 'final' rewrite though, the toughest stage for me: the sentencing, the baptism, no turning back from this version -> THIS is what the editor will read and judge...

a first draft can come at 200/wph or 1000/wph -- there is no rule, it's all in the 'flow'.

writin52
05-16-2008, 07:01 PM
I'm curious to see the various paces people have when writing their first drafts. How long does it take you to write 1000 words? Do you type or write longhand?

Depends a lot on how fired up I am by the idea or the prompt I chose. That is about 4 pages right? If the Muse is cooperating and the imagery is flowing, half an hour. I mostly type but my first love is long hand on yellow lined pads.:Sun:

Shadow_Ferret
05-16-2008, 07:04 PM
Well, since it took me 2 years to write 68,000 words, I take that, divide by 730 and I come up with an average of 93 words a day, divide 1000 by that and I come up with approximately 10 days.

Harper K
05-16-2008, 07:32 PM
This week it took me 3 days to add 1000 words to my WIP. It's a rewrite, though -- the last-draft-before-I-send-to-betas rewrite -- so I'm being pretty meticulous.

If I'm fast drafting, and the motivation and conflict for my scene is really clear in my head, I can do 1000 words in about 30 - 45 minutes.

Soccer Mom
05-16-2008, 08:53 PM
30 minutes typing. 60-90 longhand.

geardrops
05-16-2008, 08:55 PM
Technically? Ten to fifteen minutes. (I type 90-100 wpm.)

Real answer: Depends.

If I'm in a good headspace for writing, about an hour. If it's a struggle but I need to get words down (because you can't fix a blank page), it can take days.

Soccer Mom
05-16-2008, 11:38 PM
Yes, this is true, Dempsey. Some days it's a struggle. Other times my fingers can't keep up.

Shweta
05-16-2008, 11:45 PM
1000 words, maybe an hour.
1000 words I like, generally a couple days.

Sarita
05-16-2008, 11:46 PM
When my brain's ready and I'm writing, I average about 1500 words an hour. So, about 40 minutes for 1000 words?

steveg144
05-17-2008, 12:01 AM
Depends on whether the brain chemicals are flowing that day. If so, then I can put down 1000 words in under an hour (last Fall I wrote a 25,000 word play in 3 weeks). If the chemicals are flowing like maple sap in January in Maine, then it moves much slower (though my brain tends to "warm up" as I forge ahead, and eventually I'm in the groove if I keep at it and don't toss it aside and attack my tiVO queue...).

Dale Emery
05-17-2008, 12:07 AM
1000 words takes me little more than an hour. I write about 800 words per hour.

I once times myself for an hour of freewriting: 1800 words.

Stormhawk
05-17-2008, 12:30 AM
Generally an hour, though often times less. :)

scope
05-17-2008, 12:50 AM
Two to three hours of typing on the computer after completing my initial research and outlining the book on paper with pad and pencil. However, my first draft is basically just "throwing up" on paper and rarely resembles the finished product.

HeronW
05-17-2008, 12:57 AM
If the Muses are with me--under an hour. If they're out shopping, weeks...

Angelinity
05-17-2008, 01:01 AM
A writing buddy (I forget who it was) of James Joyce walked in one day to find him slumped on the table, holding his head.

"How many words did you write today?" he asked.

An exhausted James Joyce looked up and whispered, "Seven."

"That's good, for you!"

"I'm still not sure which order to write them in," James Joyce said.

KTC
05-17-2008, 01:09 AM
I'm gonna have to say no time at all. I am an extremely fast typist and my mind is even faster than my fingers. When I am writing first draft it is almost as though I am not thinking. The words just appear on the screen before me. I know that's not the case. Somewhere inside I am forming my thoughts in some kind of sequential order... but I sometimes feel removed from that scaffolding. I could probably do 1000 words in 20-30 minutes. Second draft would be a totally different equation.

TPCSWR
05-17-2008, 03:03 AM
About two hours of reasonable quality longhand for me.

Matera the Mad
05-17-2008, 06:24 AM
From two hours to ten hours spread over two weeks. Or somethin' like that.

LC030308
05-17-2008, 06:32 AM
one hour...

benbradley
05-17-2008, 07:32 AM
I've written over 1,000 words in 90 minutes, on a good Sunday evening...

tehuti88
05-17-2008, 05:39 PM
I had to actually open up a chapter and do the math on this...

When writing I try to do 10kb a day. How many words is that? I had no clue so I did a word count...a 20kb chapter selected at random is about 3400 words, so, half of that...1700 words? I guess it then would take me an hour or so maybe to write 1000 words since I think that's about how long it takes me to write 10kb (I haven't written in a while since I'm taking notes, so I'm not sure, but it would be one morning's work). I would/could write more, but I found that I had to limit myself or I'd have nowhere to pick up the next day.

I type, of course, because writing by hand is so excruciatingly slow when my thoughts go as fast as they do!

First drafts though, I don't really do such a thing...I try to write it the best I can the first time around. If there's ever a revision it only comes years later when I realize how much my writing back then sucked.

Looking at other responses it seems my response is average.

thethinker42
05-18-2008, 07:16 PM
I'm curious to see the various paces people have when writing their first drafts. How long does it take you to write 1000 words? Do you type or write longhand?

It depends. If I'm really in the groove, no interruptions, no distractions, etc, I can do 1K in under 20 minutes. If I'm really not into it, it can take an hour or more. I type really fast, but sometimes I get distracted, or just get stuck (not sure what to write next, not sure how to word something, etc).