Wednesday, 1 September 2010

WRITING TIP #14

habit / n. 1 a settled of regular tendency or practice. 2 a practice that is hard to give up.

Having a daily word count target will become your best friend. It doesn’t have to be a large number, but it should always be a minimum. There will be days you only get an hour to write, so I’d start with 300. This sounds modest, but you will often write more – the trick is to never write less. (It’s still the length of a novel in a year.) More importantly it develops your writing muscles, proves to yourself that, even on the days it feels like pulling teeth, you can do it. Learn to really cherish that hour and don’t worry about the quality of the words initially.

2 comments:

Simon Kewin said...

Great advice Tom, and it really does work. I'm at 500 at the moment and determined to make it 1000 once the summer holidays are over.

TOM J VOWLER said...

Hi Simon
I set a 1,000 for the novel, which is fine if you're writing full-time, but tough otherwise. Some days would be 3,000, others 300.
Good luck.