A while ago I was talking to Braden Russell from The Storymonger about varied writing topics and he mentioned his daily writing goal: 100 words per day.
To be honest, I smiled and nodded and generally pretended like I thought his goal was a good one. Inside, I’ll admit, I wondered whether his goal was even worth having. Come on, 100 words? Really? That takes all of ten minutes to accomplish. On a bad day. 100 words isn’t much at all. In fact, 100 words is actually so little, that you’ve read 100 words since you began reading. What’s the point of setting a goal that’s so easily accomplished?
Since that conversation however, I’ve put a lot of thought into Braden’s 100 word goal. Now, I’m actually starting to see that it makes sense. A lot of sense.
Here’s three reasons that a 100 word per day goal could change your writing:
Let’s deal with the obvious first: you will write 100 words per day. Per day, that doesn’t sound like much; and really it’s not. But if you don’t write on Monday, it’s actually really easy not to write on Tuesday either. If you haven’t written anything on Monday or Tuesday, why start on Wednesday? By the time you get to Friday, you decide you should just wait until the next week to start writing again. Then you forget all about it, and in a month you’ve still written nothing. Writing just 100 words per day prevents this vicious cycle from even starting.
You’ll Write More
You’ll write more than 100 words per day. It’s true, every time you sit down to write, the first 100 words you write are, generally speaking, the hardest you’ll write for the whole session. They aren’t too hard, but they are the hardest. You have to reconnect with your characters, remember your setting, and reinvigorate your conflict. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably find that it’s just as easy to write 200 or 300 or 2,000 words.
You’ll Love It
You won’t get discouraged. Not that life will be a game of Candyland, but if you write every day, you’ll never feel like you’re failing to write. Since you’ll be writing, you’ll be winning, and slowly your energy and excitement for your story will build on itself. Plus, by chipping away at the project, you’ll avoid getting burned-out by a month-long sprint to finish the draft.
What is your word count goal for the day? What other tricks do you use to boost your production?
(Did anyone else notice how this post was ironically short?)