Friday, September 17, 2010

750 Words

If you write 750 words every day for a year, you'll have written . . . [stops to calculate] . . . 273,750 words, which is WAY longer than a novel. In fact, it's like 3 novels, almost 4. But 750 words isn't very much. It's about 3 double-spaced pages. You can do it! Hell, even I can do it. Most days.

I wrote 1000 words today, amidst everything else I needed to get done. It wasn't on my novel though. It was on a book review I was asked to write (that I need to cut down some, so a few of those words will evaporate). But still. I wrote a bunch of words.

And the reason I even bring this up is that I just joined this website called 750 Words. It feels a little like NaNoWriMo, where you keep track of daily output for the month of November so that you complete a "novel" in one month. At this site, you write on the page provided, it keeps count, and you get points for having completed you daily total, a little pat on the back that is probably actually helpful--it's more than you get if you're just sitting in your room writing.

Anyway. Seems like a good thing. Check it out.


Anonymous said...

Whenever I read about word counts I think of Hemingway's habit of daily counting the words he wrote. He says at one place that even though he'd like to write more, writing 400-600 words a day was a pace he was very happy with.


Ted said...

Thank you! has been inspiring me to meet my daily goals for the past four days. A similar, more agressive, fast-action version is Dr. Wicked's Write or Die machine, "Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity"--you set your time or word goal and if you fall behind on typing, the program plays obnoxious old disco. It's free, though there is a standalone version for $10.
Disclaimer: I've got no affiliation with that site besides using it and buying the standalone...just offering it up as another motivator. Thanks again