I was reading in the June issue of RWR about writing for multiple publishers and in one section of the article it mentioned how one particular author writes 5 pages a day and is able to produce multiple books a year.
Hmm, I thought.
I've been trying for the past year to figure out a way to increase my writing in the 1.5 hours I have each morning before work. I want to up my production of more than one book a year. I want to have several manuscripts finished, a ready supply should a publisher ask for more than one. Or buy one and then come back and say, 'what else have you got?'. Or even reject one because it doesn't fit but be interested in looking for something else. There are so many different reasons a ready stack of manuscripts would be useful.
I'm a fast writer, which helps, but my time is limited. Still, I figured if I could just figure out a system. So I got to thinking - 5 pages a day. Definitely doable. But I prefer to take the weekend off from writing. Gives me a chance to refresh my brain. This knocked 365 days a year of writing to 260 days. At 5 pages a day, that meant I could produce a 400 page first draft in 80 days, or roughly 3 months.
Wow! If that's the case, then I could pump out 4 books a year!
Then reality sunk in. I need time to plot the book out beforehand. And time to do revisions afterwards. And then more time to finish up the final draft. Oh. Sigh...
But - and this is where the time management skills came into play - If I were to spend two weeks plotting, 12 weeks writing the first draft, then I could take a 2 week break. And during this 2 week break be plotting out the next book. Then I could go back to the first book and spend 6 weeks on revisions. Take another month off from book one and spend this time plotting out another book. Then go back and spend 4 weeks doing the final draft. Which totaled means 24 weeks working on the book and 30 weeks including the breaks where I'd be working on something else.
That should allow me to write two books a year, and possibly plot out 4. Which is still more than the one I'm doing now.
So that is my plan. Now, let's see how close theory comes to reality...