Writing every day…
There was a time when i just wrote when i felt like it. I didn’t sit down with a word count in mind and not finish until i’d met it. It worked, but not as well as i wanted. Some days, i didn’t feel inspired and so i didn’t write. I’d write in my head, plotting things out, creating characters, building words, but there was the odd day where i didn’t get anything on paper– or screen.
Stephen King’s advice came in pretty useful at some point. I don’t know where i read it, don’t know when he said it, but it made me realise i might be doing things wrong. King writes 2000 words a day minimum or he feels as if the characters go stale in his head, that he loses interest in them– i’m paraphrasing, but it was something along those lines. And i realised that there were times when this happened to me. So i decided i needed to be stricter with myself. A couple years back i set myself a target of 1,500 words a day, and i didn’t stop until i’d hit it. Sometimes i went over, well over if it was a good day, but i never let myself do less. It was tough at first, but then it wasn’t at all. The story flowed better, the characters and world seemed more real.
After a few months, my minimum word count for a day went up to 2000 and that’s what i keep to still. I can do over 2000 words a day, but i never let myself do under. And it gets easier and easier to meet that. Like any job, there are deadlines and rules to writing, and the minimum, set word count worked really well for me. It might be different for other people. Many writers only write when they’re inspired. Some set themselves crazy word counts. But 2000 words works for me. I get most of, if not all, of those words done in the morning. I start somewhere between 5 and 5:30 AM. Some people are morning writers, some afternoon, some evening and well into the night.
Does anyone else set themselves a goal for the day and not stop until they meet it? What’s your writing process?