Writing every day: application matters (even if you're a slacker millennial)

Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Yuli Ban, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. ChickenFreak

    ChickenFreak Contributor Contributor Community Volunteer

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    Replying to myself to note that I got my equinox math wrong. But, well, day length. Except apparently, in this specific case, not so much.
     
  2. mrieder79

    mrieder79 Probably not a ground squirrel

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    When I wrote my first book, I set a goal to write 2k words per day. I did it, too. The first draft of my book ended up at about 250k words. Now it is down to about 115k words in its (nearly) completed version. I feel that I pushed for word count when I should have taken my time and focused on story. It was, of course, my first book and I have little to no idea what I was doing, but I do feel that the word count goal contributed to a lot of unnecessary scenes.

    On my second book I write every day but I don't count my words. I grab an hour or so here and there and just write until I have to stop. If I were to set a word count goal, I would aim for something more like 500-1000 per day. Still, I feel like it bothers the crafting of a good story too much.
     
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    I haven't been working on a certain project or anything, but I've tried to commit to writing consistently in my journal. I seem to be doing better with it when I am hand writing it versus typing.
     
  4. WriterMMS

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    I usually go for about 1 chapter of my book a day, which avgs out to 1k words for 80 chapters (technically at this point im editing but plishing things is sometimes even more writing than the first time around)
     
  5. KokoN

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    I've been trying to write more for the past two weeks, and I set two goals for myself; one, write every day and two, write at least 2,000 words a week. I have yet to accomplish the write every day part but I did write well over my weekly goal this past week.

    5,000 words is a lot, I'm impressed! Once I noticed it took me about an hour to write 1,000 words, but maybe I'm just really slow. Which would be odd because I'm a fast typist. However I might have miscalculated the time.
     
  6. WriterMMS

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    1000 words an hour is pretty fast, It usually takes me 3-5 hours to write 1k words that feel right. Even then i have multiple edit cycles.
     
  7. BayView

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    I usually do about 1K/hr. Different writers, different speeds!
     
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  8. KokoN

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    I try not to edit as I go along, except to correct aggregious typos, otherwise my creativity suffers. That's probably why it only takes me that long.
     

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