Sunday, December 7, 2014

Days Of Constant Writing.

A couple of months ago I decided to try an experiment.

I would write every single day, regardless of how tired or busy I was, regardless of whether I had a story ready to go or not, regardless of anything. I would write, and write daily, just like Heinlein recommended in his infamous writing rules.

Now this is one of his five rules that I always had a problem with. Everyone's circumstances, goals, desires, abilities are different. And writing everyday doesn't necessarily mean decent words. In fact, I thought it might mean the opposite: forced words would be aimless.

But I thought I'd give it a go in an effort to try and write more frequently, to complete more stories, to build writing experience, and to create a habit. And I also decided to keep a wordcount spreadsheet to motivate myself, and to create some accountability.

I'm proud to say I've now been writing daily for more than two months.  Work has been busy these past few weeks, and that's eaten into my writing time somewhat, yet I've still managed to write 65,000 new words, averaging just under 1000 per day.

And I've completed something like 8 new stories, two of which have already sold.

For me the experiment has been a success thus far. Onwards to my first million words.

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