“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
― Jane Yolen
― Jane Yolen
So, now I'm day thirty into my challenge--100K in 100 days--and I have written more than 29, 000 words. Today I will write another thousand to make the 30, 000 words.
In all honesty, I thought I would have quit before this mark but I think because I really wanted to make a success of it, I have carried on.
What I've learned so far:
(1) For me to be a successful writer, I have to write everyday. I thought about holidays and sick days. What happens then? Do I have to write at those times? The answer is yes. But, I've decided that if it's even only 100 words on those days, I've exercised my writing muscle.
(2) Writing everyday has helped me find my voice. Because I don't spend so much time anymore thinking about word count (because the words come easier to me), I can think about voice and other things. Finding my rhythm is easier.
(3) Writing everyday means less editing later. On average I write about 80 sentences a day. That's a lot of practice writing sentences. And like anything you practice--piano or crochet--you perfect the craft over time. I figure if I write enough sentences, I'll know when I've written a good one and when I come across one I want to discard. That's the theory anyways.
(4) I need to not write more than my set number of words. Even though I'm in the groove, I stop at my 1000 words. I write copious notes about where I want to start the next day and walk away. It doesn't take long to get the groove back again and if I stop while the excitement is still high, I can carry that into the next day. It's actually easier to start the next day.
Have you ever written daily? What did you learn?