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Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 2:40 pm

Here's today's question, and the first in what will hopefully become a daily occurrence.

QUESTION: Are you more about quantity or quality when you write?

(ex. do you write thousands at a time just to "finish the novel" or will you focus on writing quality words so you have a much better Draft 1?)




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Post  AndrĂ© on Wed May 04, 2011 2:45 pm

I'm naturally more about quality, but I spend all my time beating that out of myself and forcing myself to just write. When I focus on quality, I average about one sentence a day. And I want to be able to write a lot more than that. Not to mention the more you write the better you are at it.
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Taryn on Wed May 04, 2011 2:47 pm

I don't think they're mutually exclusive.

I think if you write a lot quickly, you'll produce better and better quality. I also think if you take time to write with quality, it will begin to come easier and quicker.

Obviously, it's faster to do it the first way.

That's what I chose. I pound out first drafts in 10-20 days, take a month or so off, revise them in another 10-20 days, take another month off, and revise once more. That's why I'm working on novel #10.
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 2:53 pm

Hum, I think if you work on quality more, you'll have (a little) less revising to do. That's what I've thought, in any case.

I'm not as fast as you, Taryn, but I do write quick and more for quantity, I think, because -- though I do get better with time -- I have lots to revise when I'm done.

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 5:55 pm

I TRY to focus on quantity, cause if I don't... Well, I get distracted. xP And I agree with Taryn. The more you write, the better your words will get.

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 5:58 pm

@Constance Haha, I think I've decided it's a better way to be, focusing on quality rather than quantity, so long as you finish it in the long run. xD But I agree with Taryn also. It's PROVEN that the more you write the better you get! Very Happy

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Taryn on Wed May 04, 2011 6:00 pm

NINE NINE NINE OMG ONLY NINE GOSH

10 will be at the end of this month as my reward for revising Playing God. *growls at revisions*
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 6:03 pm

LOL Taryn! Really, what's the difference? JK ;P But seriously, nine is just as impressive.

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 6:10 pm

@Lizzy I like going for quality, too. I didn't mean I didn't. Razz I'm just saying, if I focus on it too much, NOTHING GETS WRITTEN. O_o

@Taryn Ditto what Lizzy said. Nine is still ridiculously impressive and makes me wonder if you are a cyborg. Razz
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 6:15 pm

@Constance Gotcha! Very Happy Well, ditto. Razz That's the way I write. I need to write a lot, or I don't get stuff done. (Even though quality is probably better, I can't work so slowly...)

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 6:17 pm

...AGAIN with the personality thing. It's getting kinda creepy and weird. Razz
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 6:25 pm

LOL! It is! It's like having a twin... but not quite. Shocked

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 6:27 pm

Exactly. If we ever meet, and have the same hair color and eye color, I will be thoroughly amazed and/or disturbed.

I always forget that there are italics/bold/underline. Razz
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 6:52 pm

Ha! I'm usually too lazy to use them. xD I don't think we have the same hair & eye color, though sometimes twins look different. Very Happy If I remember right, you said your eyes are brown. I wish mine were. Razz

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 7:31 pm

Well, that's slightly less creepy. :p
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 10:14 pm

Slightly.

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Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 11:03 pm

Italics FTW!
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 11:09 pm

CONSTANCE FTW!! Very Happy

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 11:11 pm

...Why'd you leave, Twin?
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Wed May 04, 2011 11:31 pm

I had to shower, tidy up, and now I'm going to sleep. No grace for me if I'm not up by 7:30 tomorrow. Very Happy Gotta catch my Zs! (though I could easily chat all night...)

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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Constance on Wed May 04, 2011 11:42 pm

The fact that you say you could chat all night just makes it sadder!
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Amanda on Thu May 05, 2011 6:02 am

It's already Thursday, but I need a break from my Gov all-nighter, so I'll answer Wednesday's QotD. Smile

My internal editor will not allow me to put quantity over quality, as much as I'd like to. Sad So the going is slow--on a great day, I've got about 2k(unintentional rhyme. Too tired to fix. Or care. Okay, I do care.). But it usually comes out looking pretty good, and I'll know before I write it out when it's going to come out badly, so I can mark it to be fixed during the next couple days' edits. That weird foreknowledge makes things even slower, though, b/c then I agonize over everything when I know it's not going to be good. So fairly clean first draft=9 months to a year(at least) of work, blood, sweat, and tears. I edit everything as I go, so that aids the whole 'fairly clean first draft' thing. But...so slow. Crying or Very sad

Note to readers of this reply: If I lack coherence, it is because of the time, being in the wee hours of the morning, and does not reflect on my intelligence or ability to form complete, grammatically sound sentences. ...Or does it? Twisted Evil
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Re: Question of the Day (QOTD)

Post  Maggie on Thu May 05, 2011 8:33 am

@Amanda Haha, I understood you. Smile I'm not surprised. I think the more of a perfectionist (or an editor) you are it probably becomes more about quality. That totally makes sense. xD

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