This week’s topic in the #MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge is ” Word Counts Matter… How much? How often?”
This is a question much debated by writers and there’s no one right answer. Every author has a different process, some more successful than others. As Nora Roberts said, one thing is for sure, “you can’t fix a blank page.” That’s why we need to type out those words, one by one at a time.
When I hit a writer’s block after my husband’s death, I took a class on Speed Writing. The instructor recommended a number of books, but the one that helped me get started again was The 8-Minute Writing Habit: Create a Consistent Writing Habit That Works With Your Busy Lifestyle (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #3) by Monica Leonelle. I tried the exercise where you commit to writing for no more than 8 minutes a day for 8 days. After the first few days, I was writing for 8 minutes plus an hour more. Once I got started it was easy to keep going until I finished the draft of my Western historical, Lily and the Gambler.
While I do recommend this method in getting a rough draft done, we all know that writing is re-writing, and once we’re in edit/revision mode, it’s no longer about putting words on the page so much as making those words shine. Alas this can be a longer process.
Still, we get nowhere without getting those words on the page, so here’s to words, without which books would not exist.
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