Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Ditch the 1000 word rule

It's a new year and with each year comes all those well-intentioned New Year's resolutions. "I resolve to lose weight, quit nail-biting and/or break the landspeed record..."
Nothing wrong with aspiring to self-improvment but the discouragement sets in when goals are set too high and results do not quickly manifest. (Lose a pound a week, bite one less nail and build up to your target speed...) Think of the time - you have 365 days! 52 weeks! 525 600 minutes....

I tried the 'write a 1000 words a day' rule and found it to be rather unfeasible. No doubt there are
writers who do not find 1000 words too daunting a target (and I salute all of you- please divulge your secrets of prolifacy in the comments below....) but I discovered that as a goal, it creates a lot of anxiety. The writing session plays out like this; 'Check word count........check word count again....'

The 1000 word rule is similar to the 1000 calorie rule - ditch it! Write an 'x" number of words that work best for your work in progress. Just like ingesting 1000 empty calories on a crash diet, you could end up typing 1000 empty words that neither forward or enhance your WIP.

Happy New Year to all!

No comments:

Designed By Seo Blogger Templates