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Day 2: 630 Words

April 21st, 2015 by Steve

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Day 2. I did 630 glorious little words this morning. Admittedly, some of them stink, but we’ll fix that later. Maybe not as much later as originally anticipated if I keep going at this rate. Remember, the goal is 350 words a day. My two-day total now is 1,212 words – well above my 700 word total word target – which averages out just over 600 words a day. I doubt I’ll be able to keep it that high though. For now, I think of it as banking words, to help cover those days where life just gets too hectic to spend any time writing. It happens.

I’ve got to avoid fantasies of keeping up 600 words a day, which invariably lead to playing with the calculator, figuring out that that’ll give me 90,000 words in as little as 150 days, leading to delusions that if I can start cramming in writing sessions everyday including weekends I can have my masterpiece hunk-of-junk first draft completed in five short months. Before the Autumnal Equinox! That sounds nice. Not likely to happen, but hoo lordy it sounds nice.

What’s the secret? Well, this morning’s little tip is: Get Your A** Out of Bed!

I realized at 5:30 I was wide awake and teeming with words, so I got up, did my business, and started writing. It’s 6:42 now. Wrote for an hour, started writing about writing. That’s all folks.

What’s on the agenda for the rest of the day? Well, I found some more great articles on the Terrible Minds site I want to examine some more, all on character development:

I just want to make sure I’ve got my cast up to snuff before I get too carried away making them jump through hoops. If you don’t care why they have to jump, then I’m just wasting my time, so a little time fleshing them out is probably required, just to play it safe.

If you haven’t checked out Terrible Minds yet, it’s my favourite writing blog evers. The blogger (Chuck Wendig) is actually a well-respected, published author and he gives great advice. And he recently got to have dinner with Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, so that’s just awesome-pants in my book.

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