If you’ve ever had a go at writing fiction, short story, flash fic, full-blown novel or otherwise, you’ll know how difficult it can be to maintain a good pace. By that, I mean it’s not only hard to write something every day, but also to write enough every time you put pen to paper/fingers to keyboard. I know I struggle with both and for the last six months (at least) I haven’t really been that serious about my writing. Various events are to account for this (birth of my son, getting married, getting a new job) and, when I realised that, I gave myself some slack.
But now I am back in the saddle and ready to write. And not just write, but write and FINISH a novel. I know, right? Who would have thought I hadn’t ever achieved that in twelve-ish years of writing.
So, with this new goal firmly in my sights I got thinking about how much I should be aiming to write a day. It’s different for everyone, but I have the very specific desire of finishing a novel within the year. I’ve waited for long enough and I need to get something finished and in my hands so that I can finally say I have written a whole novel. I’d read various articles on writing quickly and even one from Michael Moorcock about writing books in three days. I thought, “I can do this. It may not be pretty at first, but I can storm through and put some words on paper.”
To that end, I am now aiming to write at least 1000 words a day. If I can maintain this pace, I will have finished a novel in three months or so. Again, if I maintain the pace, that would be pretty damn impressive. So far today, I have written 175 words. I believe if I use the half hour or so I get free tonight, I can get to that magical 1K milestone.
To help inspire me and inspire the readers of this blog, I want you guys to pitch in and tell me how you go about your own writing. Have you ever attempted to write something as quickly as possible? What tips would you give? Just drop a comment below!
- My quest for writing Fiction (expertscolumn.com)
- When do you write? (quillandinkblog.wordpress.com)
- Finding Your Authenticity (brianbbaker.com)
- My Top 3 Fiction Writing Books and Why You Should Read Them (menwithpens.ca)