With a daily deadline and paying no attention to editing, I’ve noticed writing seventeen hundred words a day does not take that long.
The realization that we can reasonably write this way daily is humbling. There’s no reason, that would keep us from writing this much, except that we don’t have that realization yet.
Even on a busy schedule, writing five-hundred words per day is more than reasonable. That’s thirty-five hundred words in seven days. In two weeks, you have a short story or novelette. Editing can come later. We have to let it stew anyway to gain distance from the story.
Part of this intense writing process is that dawning noesis that not writing has been an excuse. We tell ourselves we’re letting it simmer in our brains. We’re allowing the ideas to brew, then at just the right time, we’ll spill it all out on to the page.
I don’t know if that’s self-delusion or just laziness.
I do know that writing is work. Keeping the flow going can be difficult, but I’ll tell you this, it’s better than waiting tables. It’s better than customer service work and it’s much better than cleaning toilets. I have done all of that and hope never to do it again.
One of the exercises that really helped me, was the word war. I and a writing buddy used fifteen minute increments to write as much as we could within that time frame. Each time, I came out with a bit over 350 words. We did this twice in one night and in less than an hour I had written more than 700 words.
It can be done.
It’s not so much a competition as the time line we have to work with. We know if we tap out the more than 1700 words per day we’ll accomplish a short novel.
We’ll have accomplished something that some people cannot complete in a lifetime.
Despite how crazy it seems to attempt fifty-thousand words in a month, it’s a great educational tool for writers. It pushes us to our limits, breaks down barriers and allows us to see what we really are capable of.
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