I’ve decided there is no way around my being a Dean Koontz kind of writer. Dean edits as he writes. He never leaves a page until he is certain it is exactly the way he wants it. Likewise, I find myself doing the same thing. I just can’t seem to move on until I’m sure I’ve written the perfect words. I sometimes agonize over a sentence or word without paying any attention to the time. Kind of eye-opening to realize an hour has passed and I’ve written one short paragraph!
This makes me a slooooooow writer, I know. Writers who can turn off the internal editor and fly through the first draft are to be admired. I’ve tried. It just doesn’t work for me. I dislike editing. In my opinion, editing commpares with having a root canal. Painfully so.
When I walk on the treadmill and write, my treadmill beltis moves at a slow 2.0 mph, which correlates well with my slow pace of writing. I can’t justify it. Don’t ask. Some days my page count is very minimal, despite spending hours with FOTHOK (feet on treadmill hands on keys). Other days, I’m amazed at the progress.
The best part is shutting down the computer, turning off the treadmill, and feeling great. I don’t set a page or word goal any longer. Instead I set a time limit. Two hours is the longest I spend at one time, though I might do several sessions a day, depending on what “life” deals.
Each writer finds their own method of producing books. There is no right or wrong way. Don’t fall into a trap of trying to be just like somebody else. You are unique. Your voice is unique. And, your writing technique will be unique as well. All you need to do is believe in yourself and have perseverance.