How to Write (At Least) 2,000 Words Every Day Without Fail
Do you want to write 10,000 words a day like a famous novelist? It sounds almost impossible, but you can do it if you know how to approach it.
You're writing your first book and you're worried that you're not being productive enough. You think you should be writing more but you're worried about the quality of what you write.
You've read hundreds of articles about how many words you should produce per day and it stresses you out not being able to write that much.
I understand you because I was you.
I convinced myself that it was better to wait for spontaneous rushes of inspiration and write only quality stuff. I didn't force myself to write every day, because I always wanted to be 100% satisfied with my work.
If you think the same way, I am sorry to tell you that that's a mistake.
Writing is like exercising, you can't wait to feel like doing it and always give your best. Discipline and perseverance are more important than raw talent, which is why you must set daily goals and maintain a constant rhythm.
But how do I know how many words to write per day?
There is no magic number, however, if we have to hand over the draft of our first book to an editor, the more words the better.
Write everything you can. Edit the best you can.
The first thing you should do is measure yourself. What is your usual rate of writing? For example, on a typical day, I write 600 words in 30 minutes. That means I can write 1,200 words in one hour of work. Of course, I take breaks from time to time.
So if I want to write 2,000 words every day, I must write for at least two hours. The easiest thing for me is to divide my sessions into half-hour blocks.
Every day I write for 4 blocks. Sometimes I do it for two hours straight in the morning, sometimes I write 3 blocks in the day and a final block in the evening. How you distribute it will depend on your schedule.
So first step: measure your average number of words per block and meet a daily quota.
The challenge is to increase the amount progressively. Sometimes I write an extra 100 words a day. Some days I have managed to write 5,000 words. Push yourself to do more and more.
Then, let what you wrote rest, and take care of editing, rewriting, and correcting what is needed.
Now this is my little secret, don't tell anyone
Sometimes the hard part is not knowing how much to write per day, but actually doing it.
At times I lose track of time, when I look at the clock it's noon and I'm still in my pajamas. I haven't written anything.
Thanks to Reddit, I found a very useful tool. It's simple, free, and effective.
And surprisingly no, they are not paying me to write this. This is a genuine recommendation.
MyWriteClub.com is a free website where you can focus on one thing: writing.
It's very easy to use, you can register in a couple of minutes with an email address and you're good to go.
Create a New Goal, establish how you want to measure your progress (words, chapters, pages, etc.), and a goal to meet. Set a deadline and add some description.
For example, I want to finish chapter five today, so my Goal would look something like this:
Then you can update your progress and measure the time in which you have achieved it and how long you need to complete your goal.
However, that's not the best part of MyWriteClub.
My favorite feature is Word Sprints.
Enter a room with other writers, write as much as you can before the clock runs out and see the progress of the others in real-time.
Also, you can add other users as friends, share your writing, add feedback, and receive comments from other writers.
Everything you write is automatically saved in Dropbox.
For me, it feels like training with other athletes. I have significantly increased my work rate and writing thousands of words is now easy peasy.
After a while, you won't need MyWriteClub. See it as a conditioning exercise. One day 10,000 words will feel like writing a tweet.
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