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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2011-01-11 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, so you have a schedule of number of words to get done per day? Interesting. I'll have to try that in a per week basis. Thank you for the idea.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-01-11 05:47 pm (UTC)
A daily word count works for me--it doesn't work for all writers. But if you're having trouble keeping at a project, I find it a help. Other writers set an hourly schedule--four or six or whatever, and it doesn't matter how much actual wordage they have.

It's important to set the goal *lower* than you can do when you push for your maximum--you're building consistency. It should be number that doesn't physically hurt and that you can maintain day after day. So since you haven't done that before, I'd suggest starting with a very easy daily goal and increasing it slowly (it's like an exercise program--if you can't do one pushup, you don't start out demanding--and failing at--fifty.) For those who do it, regular writing increases the production up to whatever is your natural speed (which has to do with how your mind processes what you're doing--how you work through a fiction project.)

The goal should also take into account your other tasks and obligations. If you have only an hour a day to write, than your goal cannot be one that would require you to find another hour. A daily goal for x days a week is better than a weekly goal in building consistency. I was very impressed, as a young writer, by reading about pre-typewriter writers and how they worked. The actual writing was necessarily slower by hand (and many of them had beautiful handwriting...yikes!) so the only way they could produce entire books was to be consistent and write every day (or almost every day.) There are accounts by witnesses of watching one or another famous writer working away, page after page.

Anyway--if you try it and it doesn't work for you after a fair trial (which you get to decide) then don't worry about it. I know published writers who say having a daily word-count goal doesn't work at all for them.
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